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format

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noun for·mat \ˈfȯr-ˌmat\

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.

Did You Know?

Format is a word that seems to gain more uses with every decade. Traditionally, people used the word simply to refer to the design of a book or newspaper page, but today that's only one of its many meanings. TV news shows seem to change their format, or general form, as often as their anchorpeople, and show types such as situation comedy and crime drama are often called formats. When a radio station gives up playing pop music to became a talk station, it's said to be switching formats. In the electronic age, format has also become widely used as a verb; thus, organizing electronic data for storage or other special uses is called formatting (or reformatting).

Origin and Etymology 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

Definition of format

formatted

formatting

  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 English Language Learners

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format

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noun for·mat \ˈfȯr-ˌmat\

Definition of format for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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format

verb for·mat

Definition of format for English Language Learners

  • : to arrange (something) in a particular format

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


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

formatted

formatting

  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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