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formal

  
  ( formals    plural  )
1       adj   Formal speech or behaviour is very correct and serious rather than relaxed and friendly, and is used especially in official situations.,   (Antonym: informal)    He wrote a very formal letter of apology to Douglas..., Business relationships are necessarily a bit more formal.     
  formally      adv   ADV with v  
He took her back to Vincent Square in a taxi, saying goodnight formally on the doorstep.     
  formality      n-uncount  
Lillith's formality and seriousness amused him.     
2       adj   A formal action, statement, or request is an official one.  
ADJ n     (Antonym: informal)    UN officials said a formal request was passed to American authorities..., No formal announcement had been made.     
  formally      adv   ADV with v  
Diplomats haven't formally agreed to Anderson's plan...     
3       adj   Formal occasions are special occasions at which people wear smart clothes and behave according to a set of accepted rules.  
usu ADJ n     (Antonym: informal)    One evening the film company arranged a formal dinner after the play.     
      Formal is also a noun., n-count  
...a wide array of events, including school formals and speech nights, weddings, and balls.     
4       adj   Formal clothes are very smart clothes that are suitable for formal occasions.  
ADJ n     (Antonym: informal, casual)    They wore ordinary ties instead of the more formal high collar and cravat.     
  formally      adv   ADV after v, ADV -ed  
It was really too warm for her to dress so formally.     
5       adj   Formal education or training is given officially, usually in a school, college, or university.  
ADJ n  
Leroy didn't have any formal dance training.     
  formally      adv   ADV -ed  
Mr Dawe was the ancient, formally trained head gardener.     
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Translation English - Cobuild Collins Dictionary  
Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
exp.
make a sensational announcement
[Fig.] E.g.: Today's newspapers dropped a bomb about the President's past.
adv.
A formal word that is put in the beginning of sentence that has a similar meaning to furthermore, therefore, and from now on
I like ice-cream; Hence, I have lots of ice-cream cups in my fridge
n.
participant-driven meeting with no predefined agenda as opposed to high-price, top-down and formal conferences
conj.
albeit although, even if, even though, notwithstanding that, tho' (U.S. or poetic) though
Charles's letter was indeed published, albeit in a somewhat abbreviated form.

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