Definition of officially in English:



  • 1In a formal and public way:

    ‘on June 24 the election campaign will officially begin’
    • ‘Montana officials have officially closed all public land in the entire western half of the state.’
    • ‘The bakery, which will make fresh bread several times each day, will officially open to the public on Monday.’
    • ‘Until that date nobody is officially standing at the election in Hove.’
    • ‘Neither is particularly appealing, although as the day officially begins at ten I guess the latter is more sensible.’
    • ‘The site will be officially opened to the public in spring, when a kissing gate is installed at the roadside.’
    • ‘The organizations will officially file questions regarding the fuel prices to the oil firm, he added.’
    • ‘There are challenging times ahead indeed, as he officially takes over his new position in January.’
    • ‘Like Cameron, he is expected to launch his leadership campaign officially within the next fortnight.’
    • ‘The festival began on Thursday and officially ended on Sunday evening.’
    • ‘The hunt for a new apartment officially began on Saturday with me making about 10 calls.’
    • ‘Events officially began when a government official gave permission for people of all ranks to wear masks.’
    • ‘The exhibition officially opens to the public today and admission is included in the normal entry price.’
    • ‘The election campaign begins officially tomorrow, barring some catastrophe overnight.’
    • ‘He mentioned his brother when he officially launched his campaign in June this year.’
    • ‘Autumn may have only officially begun today but already we are seeing the leaves in Yorkshire begin to their dramatic change.’
    • ‘Davis has left today free before officially launching his campaign on Tuesday.’
    • ‘At the end of this month, he will officially begin the process of ‘setting out’.’
    • ‘The institution had to close its doors officially last week.’
    • ‘He is due to be officially elected at the formal mayor making ceremony on May 10.’
    • ‘The formal business of officially opening the premises is then expected to take place.’
    • ‘It is silent running and produces zero emissions and was officially launched on to the Irish market last month.’
    1. 1.1 With the authority of the government or other organization:
      ‘it was officially acknowledged that the economy was in recession’
      • ‘It has urged people this weekend to attend only officially authorised protests.’
      • ‘This is the only main course in Italian cuisine whose recipe has been officially approved and laid down.’
      • ‘However, the airlines do not want them to be officially approved at the present prices.’
      • ‘It was on this that he spent most of his money but he did financially support a daughter whom he refused to officially acknowledge.’
      • ‘The government will be thinking carefully about how it acknowledges the accolade officially.’
      • ‘The call came as the borders were officially declared closed by authorities worried about the mass influx.’
      • ‘Permit restrictions mean you'll have to travel with an officially approved operator.’
      • ‘The Sun reported that they will be officially informed by the CPS today that the case was being dropped.’
      • ‘A further revision in 1928, though not officially authorized, is in use in some places.’
      • ‘Why on earth would they allow one of them to spend his whole time building models and yet never officially acknowledge the practice?’
      • ‘There is a big gap between estimates of the numbers wounded and the figure that the military officially admits.’
      • ‘He said he would quit after his candidacy was officially accepted by the election committee.’
      • ‘It took 75 years for the authorities to officially admit that the letter was forged.’
      • ‘The British government officially recognised Madagascar as an independent country in 1820.’
      • ‘It wasn't a big secret at the time, it was just not officially admitted until recently.’
      • ‘In fact the use of containers for such storage was officially authorised.’
      • ‘In May 2001, Cohen was officially made a fugitive from justice by the US authorities.’
      • ‘The country has never officially acknowledged, apologised or paid reparations for its crimes.’
      • ‘What the city has known for some time has been officially acknowledged by the Chief Superintendent.’
      • ‘Red caps, badges, distinct ties and other emblems confer authority on to officially endorsed senior pupils.’
    2. 1.2 In 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’
      • ‘Unemployment officially did not exist, and every worker's right to a job was enshrined in the Constitution.’
      • ‘The neighbours in unofficial whispers talk about his activities but officially they know nothing.’
      • ‘For taxation purposes, the deal has been officially classed as a demerger rather than a management buyout.’
      • ‘The report never made it to the president's desk, and thus never officially existed.’
      • ‘Cannibalism is something that existed just in the past, at least officially, and gets condemned each time it occurs.’
      • ‘Though officially this was a full-blooded hunt, in reality it was little more than a glorified pony ride in the country.’
      • ‘Although caste officially does not exist, everyone knows not only their own caste, but that of everyone else.’