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Meaning of “formally” in the English Dictionary

"formally" in British English

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formallyadverb

uk   /ˈfɔː.mə.li/  us   /ˈfɔːr-/
  • 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 ​greysuit. The ​professorgreeted us very formally.
  • formally adverb (GARDEN)

(of ​gardendesign) in a way that is ​carefullydesigned and ​keptaccording 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 ​confirmingyourappointment as ​professor of ​English.
(Definition of formally from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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