Meaning of “formally” in the English Dictionary

"formally" in British English

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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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us /ˈfɔr·mə·li/

in an official way:

(Definition of “formally” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)