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English definition of “formally”

formally

adverb uk   /ˈfɔː.mə.li/ us    /ˈfɔːr-/

formally adverb (OFFICIALLY)

C1 officially: The deal will be formally announced on Tuesday.Accepting and agreeingAccepting and agreeing reluctantlyApproving and approval

formally adverb (SERIOUSLY/CORRECTLY)

C1 in a serious and correct way: He was formally dressed in a grey suit. The headteacher greeted us very formally.Manners and levels of formalityPolite and respectful

formally adverb (GARDEN)

(of garden design) in a way that is carefully designed and kept according to a planGardens and yards
(Definition of formally from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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