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adjective formal pronunciation in British English /ˈfɔː(r)m(ə)l/

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  1. 1
    following the correct or suitable official methods

    The government is promising a formal investigation.

    They have offered me the job, but I don't yet have a formal contract.

    We intend to make a formal written complaint.

  2. 2
    correct or conservative in style, and suitable for official or serious situations or occasions

    When we first met, he was a little stiff and formal.

    Business letters do not always have to be impersonal and formal.

    'Ameliorate' is a more formal way of saying 'improve'.

  3. 4
    [usually before noun] relating to the form or structure of something such as a piece of writing, art, or music

    the formal innovations in Mozart's music

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