Definition of formally adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈfɔːməli//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɔːrməli//
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  1. 1in a very correct way that is suitable for official or important occasions opposite informally ‘How do you do?’ she said formally.
  2. 2officially; in a way that follows an agreed or official way of doing things The accounts were formally approved by the board.
  3. 3through lessons, exams, etc. received in a school, college or university rather than just through practical experience Although not formally trained as an art historian, he is widely respected for his knowledge of the period.
  4. 4in the way that something appears or is presented Formally, the distinction between town and country workers was clear, but in practice there was some overlap.
  5. 5in a regular manner, according to a clear, exact plan synonym informally The gardens were formally arranged.