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adjective informal pronunciation in American English /ɪnˈfɔrm(ə)l/
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  1. 1
    informal talks or meetings are relaxed, do not involve many people, and do not need to produce an official result
    The informal meetings at Camp David were important in strengthening mutual understanding and trust.
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    1. a.
      an informal organization, group, or arrangement is not official and has no fixed rules
      informal networks within the community
      They cooperate with other groups on an informal basis.
  2. 2
    relaxed and friendly
    It was very informal – more of a chat than an interview.
    The hotel has an informal atmosphere.
    1. a.
      used about language or behavior that is appropriate for using with friends but not in formal situations
      phrases that the students used in informal conversation
      Beware of being too friendly and informal with your employees.

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 informal pronunciation in American English /ˌɪnfɔrˈmæləti/ noun [uncountable]


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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