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officiallyadverb

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

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officiallyadverb

uk   us   /əˈfɪʃəli/
formally and in a way that is ​agreed to and ​arranged by ​people in ​positions of ​authority: The ​proposedmerger was announced officially by the ​CEO today.
as ​stated or ​accepted by ​peoplepublicly, although it may not be ​true: Officially he's in ​charge but in fact his ​deputy makes most of the decisions.
relating to a ​position of ​responsibility: She has been ​asked to ​represent the ​department officially.
(Definition of officially from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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