Meaning of “officially” in the English Dictionary

"officially" in British English

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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 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 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 private capacity.

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  • She is expected to announce officially her candidacy for president early next week.
  • The new hospital will be officially opened by the mayor on Tuesday.
  • Although she's not officially our boss, she's in effective control of the office.
  • They officially designated the area (as) unsuitable for human habitation.
  • An elderly man from Hull has confounded doctors by recovering after he was officially declared dead.

(Definition of “officially” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"officially" in Business English

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officiallyadverb

uk /əˈfɪʃəli/ us

formally and in a way that is agreed to and arranged by people in positions of authority:

The proposed merger was announced officially by the CEO today.

as stated or accepted by people publicly, 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)