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format

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noun for·mat \ˈfȯr-ˌmat\

Simple Definition of format

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of format

  1. 1 :  the shape, size, and general makeup (as of something printed)

  2. 2 :  general plan of organization, arrangement, or choice of material (as for a television show)

  3. 3 :  a method of organizing data (as for storage) <various file formats>

Examples of format in a sentence

  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


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format

verb for·mat

Simple Definition of format

  • : to arrange (something) in a particular format

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of format

formattedformatting

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to arrange (as material to be printed or stored data) in a particular format

  3. 2 :  to prepare (as a computer disk) for storing data in a particular format

formatter noun

Examples of format in a sentence

  1. The book is formatted in several different styles.

  2. The data was improperly formatted.



1964

First Known Use of format

1964


FORMAT Defined for Kids

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format

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noun for·mat \ˈfȯr-ˌmat\

Definition of format for Students

  1. :  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.


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format

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verb for·mat

Definition of format for Students

formattedformatting

  1. 1 :  to organize or arrange in a certain way

  2. 2 :  to prepare for storing computer data <format a disk>





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