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1format

noun for·mat \ˈfr-ˌmat\

: the form, design, or arrangement of something (such as a book, magazine, or television or radio program)

: the way in which information is stored on a computer disk

Full Definition of FORMAT

1
:  the shape, size, and general makeup (as of something printed)
2
:  general plan of organization, arrangement, or choice of material (as for a television show)
3
:  a method of organizing data (as for storage) <various file formats>

Examples of FORMAT

  1. The journals are available in electronic format.
  2. The file is saved in MP3 format.

Origin of FORMAT

French or German; French, from German, from Latin formatus, past participle of formare to form, from forma
First Known Use: 1840

2format

verb

: to arrange (something) in a particular format

: to prepare (a computer disk) so that it can store information in a particular format

for·mat·tedfor·mat·ting

Full Definition of FORMAT

transitive verb
1
:  to arrange (as material to be printed or stored data) in a particular format
2
:  to prepare (as a computer disk) for storing data in a particular format
for·mat·ter noun

Examples of FORMAT

  1. The book is formatted in several different styles.
  2. The data was improperly formatted.

First Known Use of FORMAT

1964
FORMAT Defined for Kids

1format

noun for·mat \ˈfr-ˌmat\

Definition of FORMAT for Kids

:  the general organization or arrangement of something

Word Root of FORMAT

The Latin word forma, meaning form or shape, gives us the root form. Words from the Latin forma have something to do with shape. The form of a person or thing is its shape. To conform is to fit in with others in form, shape, or manner. Something formal, such as dinner, follows a specific custom or form. The format of something, such as a book, is its general shape and arrangement.

2format

verb
for·mat·tedfor·mat·ting

Definition of FORMAT for Kids

1
:  to organize or arrange in a certain way
2
:  to prepare for storing computer data <format a disk>

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