Definición de formal en inglés:

formal

Silabificación: for·mal
Pronunciación: /ˈfôrməl
 
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adjetivo

1Done in accordance with rules of convention or etiquette; suitable for or constituting an official or important situation or occasion: a formal dinner party
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  • He nudged her playfully and she launched into a cutesy story about how his hair is always sticking up and she can't get him to dress appropriately for formal occasions.
  • You would think that after all these years of preparation, I'd be able to at least dress myself appropriately for formal occasions, right?
  • We had decided, a couple of weeks ago, to make the night a formal dress occasion - as it's normally more fun if you've made a bit of an effort.
Sinónimos
ceremonial, ceremonious, ritualistic, ritual, conventional, traditional; stately, courtly, solemn, dignified; elaborate, ornate, dressy; black-tie
1.1(Of a person or their manner) prim or stiff.
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  • And if I ever see him in passing, I'll treat him in a strictly formal manner.
  • Whoever said that Germans were a formal people?
  • When I go to a meeting, I have to decide ahead of time what to bring, and I'm never sure about the weather or how formal people will be.
Sinónimos
aloof, reserved, remote, detached, unapproachable; stiff, prim, stuffy, staid, ceremonious, correct, proper, decorous, conventional, precise, exact, punctilious, unbending, inflexible, strait-laced
informal buttoned-down, standoffish
1.2Of or denoting a style of writing or public speaking characterized by more elaborate grammatical structures and more conservative and technical vocabulary.
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  • The writing is pathetic, but there is simply nothing wrong with its grammar or the formal aspects of its style.
  • Her writing style was more formal than that of her peers.
  • Such writings were highly formal exercises in style and rhetoric, often delighting in dialectically arguing for and against a particular topic.
1.3(Especially of a house or garden) arranged in a regular, classical, and symmetrical manner.
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  • To tempt the tourists in, Ford Park's house, its formal gardens and grounds would be restored to their former glory while an access-route to the monument on Hoad Hill from the park would be reopened.
  • But my personal favourite was Ballyvolane, a six bedroomed Italianate house with a lovely formal walled garden with dovecote behind, and its own fishing lakes in front.
  • The garden to the rear of the house is more formal.
2Officially sanctioned or recognized: a formal complaint
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  • But her acting and, of course, dancing talents have actually not got her the deserving formal recognition in the name of awards.
  • We want credentials and acknowledgement in some officially recognized, formal way for the work we have invented.
  • He said that the audits were not documented because no formal complaint was brought against her.
Sinónimos
official, legal, authorized, approved, validated, certified, endorsed, documented, sanctioned, licensed, recognized, authoritative
2.1Having a conventionally recognized form, structure, or set of rules: he had little formal education
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  • Increasingly, however, companies are demanding some kind of formal education in interior design, whether it's an evening class programme or a three year degree.
  • Western schooling crowds out other forms of formal education like initiation rituals that were designed to bring an entire age group to the same level rather than to weed out students.
  • Have you ever had any formal education in design or new media?
Sinónimos
symmetrical, regular, orderly, arranged, methodical, systematicconventional, mainstream; school, institutional
3Of or concerned with outward form or appearance, especially as distinct from content or matter: I don’t know enough about art to appreciate the purely formal qualities
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  • There are no distinct actors to give it formal content.
  • These sketches stick in the mind not just because of their content but because of their formal qualities.
  • It was copied by Rembrandt, Rubens, and Sandrart, all of whom responded to the painting as an image of the noble virtuoso as well as to its formal distinction.
3.1Having the form or appearance without the spirit: his sacrifice will be more formal than real
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  • Courtesy is the formal manifestation of the spirit of respect.
  • Genuine democracy presupposes that broad layers of the population can satisfy their elementary interests not only in a formal sense but in real life.
  • He claims that society must ensure both formal and real freedom.
3.2Of or relating to linguistic or logical form as opposed to function or meaning.
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  • In the logical formal mode, proof is provided in linearly connected sentences composed of words that are carefully selected to convey unambiguous meaning.
  • In fact, the viewer should be able to inspect a visual representation and a traditional logical formal proof with the same rigor.
  • A mathematical proof is a formal and logical line of reasoning that begins with a set of axioms and moves through logical steps to a conclusion.

sustantivo

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1An evening gown.
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  • She would do her hair up for fun sometimes, and trot around her apartment in evening formals for no reason at all.
  • It was Louis dressed in his formals and looking amazingly handsome.
  • Inside the elevator we were joined by two older ladies dressed in long formals.
1.1An occasion on which evening dress is worn.
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  • The Bosco Drama Group will also be holding a Summer School daily for two weeks during August and are also in the process of organising their annual formal which is planned for early October.
  • It seems the only things going on there anymore are Thursday night residence parties and high school formals.
  • Any parent who has a child in the latter years of high school is only too familiar with formals.

Origen

late Middle English: from Latin formalis, from forma 'shape, mold' (see form).

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