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officially

adverb uk   /əˈfɪʃ.əl.i/ us  
C1 formally and in a way agreed to or arranged by people in positions of authority: The royal engagement was announced officially this morning. as stated or accepted by people publicly but not privately or as things really are: Well, officially I am on holiday this week but I'm just catching up on some paperwork. in or relating to a position of responsibility that you hold: He has not visited the country officially since his election, only in a private capacity.
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