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approved of or done by someone in authority, especially the government
an official investigation into the causes of the explosion
the official policy on education
official statistics about illegal drug use
You will have to get official permission first.
Finally the letter of appointment came, making it all official.
relating to or done as part of an important job or position
an official visit/engagement etc
The President was leaving for a four-day official tour of Mexico.
the Queen's performance of
They dined in an official capacity with other European leaders.
the Lord Mayor's official residence
an official explanation, account etc is one that is given formally and publicly, but may not be true
Many doubted the official version of events.
what is said publicly by people in authority
was that the troops were there to protect the King.
chosen to represent someone or an organization, or do something for them
the company's official logo
the official representative from the American administration
an official event is a formal, public event
The official opening of the institute was in May.
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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