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"formally" in British English

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formallyadverb

uk   /ˈfɔː.mə.li/ us   /ˈfɔːr.mə.li/
  • formally adverb (OFFICIALLY)

C1 officially: The deal will be formally announced on Tuesday.

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  • formally adverb (SERIOUSLY/CORRECTLY)

C1 in a serious and correct way: He was formally dressed in a grey suit. The professor greeted us very formally.
  • formally adverb (GARDEN)

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

"formally" in American English

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formallyadverb

us   /ˈfɔr·mə·li/
in an official way: You will receive a letter formally confirming your appointment as professor of English.
(Definition of formally from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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