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

:  the shape, size, and general makeup (as of something printed)
:  general plan of organization, arrangement, or choice of material (as for a television show)
:  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



: to arrange (something) in a particular format

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


Full Definition of FORMAT

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



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