- formal for‧mal [ˈfɔːml ǁ ˈfɔːr-] adjectivedone or given officially and publicly:
• The companies said they expect to sign a formal agreement before year's end.
• No formal announcement has yet been made.
• The British authorities have decided to launch a formal investigation into the company's trading practices.— formally adverb :
• The merger was formally announced late yesterday afternoon.
* * *formal UK US /ˈfɔːməl/ adjective► stated or agreed in writing: a formal agreement/contract/offer »
They are required to make a binding formal offer and then publish an offer document within 28 days.► done publicly or officially: a formal announcement/discussion/investigation »
The two companies began formal discussions to renegotiate the $2.8 billion power project.► used to describe clothing that is suitable for important or official occasions: »
Please note that formal dress is not required at the dinner.► used to describe education or training that is received in a school or college: »
Lacking formal education, he worked as a sharecropper and journeyman laborer to support his family.► ECONOMICS used to describe businesses that are officially recognized, pay taxes, etc.: »
In Mexico small and medium-sized enterprises generate six out of ten jobs in the formal sector.formally adverb► »
The bid for the company could be formally accepted early next week.
Financial and business terms. 2012.
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formal — for•mal [[t]ˈfɔr məl[/t]] adj. 1) being in accordance with the usual requirements, customs, etc.; conventional: to pay one s formal respects[/ex] 2) marked by form or ceremony: a formal occasion[/ex] 3) clo designed for wear or use at elaborate… … From formal English to slang
Formal — Form al (f[^o]rm al), a. [L. formalis: cf. F. formel.] 1. Belonging to the form, shape, frame, external appearance, or organization of a thing. [1913 Webster] 2. Belonging to the constitution of a thing, as distinguished from the matter composing … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
formal — adjetivo 1. De la forma: requisito formal, análisis formal. 2. Que cumple con su palabra, obligaciones o compromisos: Es un hombre formal, de palabra, puedes confiar en él. Es un muchacho formal, serio y responsable. Es una empresa formal, no… … Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española
formal — for·mal adj 1: relating to or involving outward form, structure, or arrangement rather than content a formal defect in the pleadings 2: requiring special or established solemnities or formalities esp. in order to be effective or valid under the… … Law dictionary
formal — FORMÁL, Ă, formali, e, adj. 1. Privitor la formă, care ţine de formă, de aparenţă. ♦ (Adverbial) în aparenţă. 2. Formulat precis; categoric, expres. 3. Pătruns de formalism; făcut de formă (7). 4. (Despre unele acte juridice) Care necesită… … Dicționar Român
formal — [fôr′məl] adj. [ME < L formalis < forma, FORM] 1. of external form or structure, rather than nature or content 2. of the internal form; relating to the intrinsic or essential character or nature 3. of or according to prescribed or fixed… … English World dictionary
formal — (Del lat. formālis). 1. adj. Perteneciente o relativo a la forma, por contraposición a esencial. 2. Que tiene formalidad. 3. Dicho de una persona: Seria, amiga de la verdad y enemiga de chanzas. 4. Expreso, preciso, determinado. ☛ V. acto formal … Diccionario de la lengua española
formal — (adj.) late 14c., from O.Fr. formel (13c.) and directly from L. formalis, from forma (see FORM (Cf. form)). As a noun, c.1600 (pl.) things that are formal; as a short way to say formal dance, recorded by 1906, U.S. college students … Etymology dictionary
formal — Adj std. (16. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus l. fōrmālis, zu l. fōrma Form . Aus der gleichen Grundlage über das Französische formell. Eine Substantivierung in Formalie, Abstrakta in Formalismus, Formalität; Täterbezeichnung: Formalist; Verb:… … Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache
formal — [adj1] established, orderly academic, approved, ceremonial, ceremonialistic, ceremonious, confirmed, conventional, decorous, directed, explicit, express, fixed, formalistic, lawful, legal, methodical, official, precise, prescribed, pro forma,… … New thesaurus