pow·​er·​ful·​ly ˈpau̇(-ə)r-f(ə-)lē How to pronounce powerfully (audio)
: in a powerful manner
She expressed her opinions very powerfully.
: to a strong or powerful extent
a powerfully moving film
a powerfully aromatic dish
a powerfully built athlete
He was powerfully influenced by their advice.
Neither words nor the most detailed painting can evoke a moment of vanished time as powerfully and as completely as a good photograph.Beaumont Newhall

Examples of powerfully in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1589, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of powerfully was in 1589

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“Powerfully.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/powerfully. Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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