format

noun
for·​mat | \ ˈfȯr-ˌmat How to pronounce format (audio) \

Definition of format

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

format

verb
formatted; formatting

Definition of format (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to arrange (something, such as material to be printed or stored data) in a particular format
2 : to prepare (something, such as a computer disk) for storing data in a particular format

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Other Words from format

Verb

formatter noun

Examples of format in a Sentence

Noun

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

Verb

The book is formatted in several different styles. The data was improperly formatted.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But the territory is already well-trodden in other formats. The Economist, "The life and death of a Pakistani social-media star," 4 July 2019 The fact that Schueller de Waal chose to present during Couture Week, let alone in this format, is a major statement. Kristen Bateman, Teen Vogue, "Schueller de Waal Turned Their Couture Week Show Into A Street Cleanup in The Name Of Fashion Therapy," 3 July 2019 It’s hard to truly gauge offensive linemen in this format because there’s no run blocking. Josh Bean | Jbean@al.com, al.com, "9 quick takeaways from The Opening Finals recruiting showcase," 3 July 2019 China is cracking down on a number of podcast-hosting platforms and apps as Beijing grows increasingly wary of opinions that the regime deems as out of line with the ruling Communist Party’s official narratives—in any format. Jane Li, Quartz, "China is cracking down on podcasts for this surprising reason," 2 July 2019 Last but not least, NBA 2K20 Legend Edition will cost $99.99 for all platforms and come in both physical and digital formats. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "NBA 2K20 will land on September 6, and you can preorder it now," 1 July 2019 But his long-windedness could work against him in this format. Vera Bergengruen, Time, "Joe Biden Has Been in High-Pressure Debates Before. But Never Like This," 27 June 2019 Each comes with a downloadable multitrack session available in all major DAW formats that has the presets and samples used in the course. Dani Deahl, The Verge, "Slate Digital’s new music software subscription service includes all its plug-ins and an online school," 23 June 2019 Meals are mainly ticketed, available in several formats. BostonGlobe.com, "Where to eat in Greater Boston," 20 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

This exclusive with chef Alex Guarnaschelli includes a presentation and Q&A formatted conversation with the chef. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Food Network celebrity chef Alex Guarnaschelli due at Free Press Wine + Food event," 23 June 2019 Applications are longer and are often denied because of simple mistakes, like using incorrect date formatting, Reyes said. Erin B. Logan, baltimoresun.com, "Howard immigration nonprofit looks into restructuring amid financial concerns," 20 June 2019 And of course, all the episodes are formatted vertically to be easily watched on your smartphone. Kathryn Lindsay, refinery29.com, "Summer Mckeen Is A Reality TV Star For The Snapchat Generation," 15 June 2019 But people still struggle with how to best format their posts from solemn places or sad events. Taylor Lorenz, The Atlantic, "There’s Nothing Wrong With Posing for Photos at Chernobyl," 12 June 2019 And iPadOS introduces a new suite of three-finger gestures that all revolve around text formatting. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "iPadOS, coming “this fall”: Thumb drives, more gestures, “desktop-class” browsing [Updated]," 3 June 2019 The tournament was formatted as a double elimination, one versus one bracket with each match determined by a best of five series. Luke Feliciano, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati teen Jonathan Hill headed to Las Vegas for GameWorks eSports tournament," 9 June 2019 This exclusive with chef Alex Guarnaschelli includes a presentation and Q&A formatted conversation with the chef. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "On sale now: Detroit Free Press' Wine + Food Experience returns Sept. 14," 5 June 2019 The Files On-Demand feature requires macOS 10.14 Mojave (set to be released today) and an Apple File System (APFS) formatted volume. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Microsoft brings OneDrive Files On-Demand to the Mac," 24 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of format

Noun

1840, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1964, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for format

Noun

French or German; French, from German, from Latin formatus, past participle of formare to form, from forma

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format

noun

English Language Learners Definition of format

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

format

verb

English Language Learners Definition of format (Entry 2 of 2)

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

format

noun
for·​mat | \ ˈfȯr-ˌmat How to pronounce format (audio) \

Kids Definition of format

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the general organization or arrangement of something

format

verb
formatted; formatting

Kids Definition of format (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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