formal for‧mal [ˈfɔːml ǁ ˈfɔːr-] adjectivedone or given officially and publicly:
• The companies said they expect to sign a formal agreement before year's end.
• No formal announcement has yet been made.
• The British authorities have decided to launch a formal investigation into the company's trading practices.— formally adverb :
• The merger was formally announced late yesterday afternoon.
* * *formal UK US /ˈfɔːməl/ adjective► stated or agreed in writing: a formal agreement/contract/offer »
They are required to make a binding formal offer and then publish an offer document within 28 days.► done publicly or officially: a formal announcement/discussion/investigation »
The two companies began formal discussions to renegotiate the $2.8 billion power project.► used to describe clothing that is suitable for important or official occasions: »
Please note that formal dress is not required at the dinner.► used to describe education or training that is received in a school or college: »
Lacking formal education, he worked as a sharecropper and journeyman laborer to support his family.► ECONOMICS used to describe businesses that are officially recognized, pay taxes, etc.: »
In Mexico small and medium-sized enterprises generate six out of ten jobs in the formal sector.formally adverb► »
The bid for the company could be formally accepted early next week.
Financial and business terms. 2012.
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Formally — Form al*ly, adv. In a formal manner; essentially; characteristically; expressly; regularly; ceremoniously; precisely. [1913 Webster] That which formally makes this [charity] a Christian grace, is the spring from which it flows. Smalridge. [1913… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
formally — index pro forma Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 … Law dictionary
formally — (adv.) c.1400, in good form, from FORMAL (Cf. formal) + LY (Cf. ly) (2). Meaning in prescribed or customary form is from 1560s … Etymology dictionary
formally — [fôr′məl ē] adv. [ME formali, formeliche] 1. in a formal manner 2. with regard to form … English World dictionary
formally — adverb a) In a formal manner. He dressed quite formally too formally for the occasion. b) In accordance with official procedure. He formally filed a complaint, which involved much paperwork … Wiktionary
formally — for|mal|ly [ˈfo:məli US ˈfo:r ] adv 1.) officially ≠ ↑informally ▪ We announced a decision formally recognizing the new government. 2.) in a polite way ≠ ↑informally ▪ He put his hand out formally, and Liza took it. ▪ I apologize, Captain, she… … Dictionary of contemporary English
formally — /fawr meuh lee/, adv. 1. in a formal manner: The store was formally opened on Tuesday. 2. as regards form; in form: It may be formally correct, but it is substantively wrong. [1350 1400; ME. See FORMAL1, LY] * * * … Universalium
formally — adv. Formally is used with these adjectives: ↑distinct, ↑educated, ↑organized, ↑responsible, ↑trained Formally is used with these verbs: ↑abandon, ↑acknowledge, ↑adopt, ↑annex, ↑announce, ↑ … Collocations dictionary
formally — adverb 1 officially: Mr Wright has formally accepted the job. 2 in a polite way: He bowed formally to each guest in turn … Longman dictionary of contemporary English
formally — adverb 1. with official authorization (Freq. 5) the club will be formally recognized • Syn: ↑officially • Derived from adjective: ↑official (for: ↑officially), ↑ … Useful english dictionary