Definition of officially in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈfɪʃəli/


1In a formal and public way: on June 24 the election campaign will officially begin
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  • The election campaign begins officially tomorrow, barring some catastrophe overnight.
  • The formal business of officially opening the premises is then expected to take place.
  • He is due to be officially elected at the formal mayor making ceremony on May 10.
1.1With the authority of the government or other organization: it was officially acknowledged that the economy was in recession
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  • Red caps, badges, distinct ties and other emblems confer authority on to officially endorsed senior pupils.
  • The call came as the borders were officially declared closed by authorities worried about the mass influx.
  • What the city has known for some time has been officially acknowledged by the Chief Superintendent.
1.2In public and for official purposes but not necessarily so in reality: [sentence adverb]: there is a possibility he was murdered—officially, he died in a car smash
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  • The report never made it to the president's desk, and thus never officially existed.
  • Although caste officially does not exist, everyone knows not only their own caste, but that of everyone else.
  • Unemployment officially did not exist, and every worker's right to a job was enshrined in the Constitution.

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