format

noun
for·​mat | \ˈfȯr-ˌmat \

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

MADISON - Conservative and government transparency advocates asked Wisconsin appeals court judges to reject a state lawmaker's argument that he is not required to provide records in an electronic format. Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Groups ask judges to tell Wisconsin lawmaker to provide electronic copies of public records," 13 July 2018 Email events in this format at least two weeks in advance to kathyehuber@gmail.com. Houston Chronicle, "Garden events," 13 July 2018 In the most traditional format and shown in most on-screen portrayals of the event, homecoming resembles a dance much like prom...but more like a baby prom. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "What is Homecoming?," 9 July 2018 Roush won Cup titles in 2003 and 2004 with Matt Kenseth and Kurt Busch respectively, but his teams have yet to win it all since the series moved to a playoff format in 2005. Jason Hoffman, Cincinnati.com, "Legendary NASCAR team owner Jack Roush hoping to cross Kentucky Speedway off bucket list," 11 July 2018 The text looks a lot like a dot matrix format from the 60s and 70s, and that's for a good reason. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "This Sand Printing Robot Is What You Need If You're Stranded on a Desert Island," 3 July 2018 Swim lessons at the pool kicked off June 11 when the Ramona Swim Team began running the program using SwimAmerica’s format. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Swimmers keep cool in high school pool," 26 June 2018 The commercials, called Beat the Heat, are in a public service announcement format and give tips on staying hydrated. Lainey Seyler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "All three Watt brothers filmed Gatorade commercials with their dad at Pewaukee High School, and it's pretty funny," 13 July 2018 The front nine plays in a links-style format and features rolling hills, native grasses and immaculate greens. Jeremy Carranco, San Antonio Express-News, "Greater San Antonio Men’s Championship tees off for 98th time," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Taking that notion a step further, Opening Ceremony's show was formatted entirely as a drag show hosted by RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Sasha Velour. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "New York Fashion Week Had Its Most Diverse Season Yet in Terms of Race, Size, and Age," 26 Sep. 2018 In the bizarre letter — which is postmarked June 28, the day of the shooting — the suspect, Jarrod W. Ramos, formatted his remarks in such a way that the letter looks and reads much like a court document. Matt Stevens, New York Times, "Annapolis Shooting Suspect Wanted to ‘Kill Every Person’ in Newsroom, Letter States," 2 July 2018 The playoffs are formatted as single-elimination, first round, quarterfinal and semifinal games. Shawn Mcfarland, courant.com, "Everything You Need To Know About The USL And Hartford's New Pro Soccer Team," 12 July 2018 Dignity said the problem originated from an email list formatted by one of its vendors, the online appointment scheduling site Healthgrades, which contained a sorting error. Catherine Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, "Data breach at Dignity Health affected 56,000 patients, is under investigation," 12 June 2018 The gauge array can be electronically formatted to highlight various functions, including the Virtual Cockpit of the navigation map as a background. Mark Maynard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "2019 Volkswagen Jetta: 7th generation wide-body reboot," 6 July 2018 But there are still some key differences between IGTV and YouTube as products, the biggest being their approaches to formatting. Louise Matsakis, WIRED, "With IGTV, Instagram Takes Aim at YouTube," 20 June 2018 But Weyand studied pronghorn antelopes in the lab, specially formatting treadmills that could go fast enough. Teal Burrell, Discover Magazine, "Human Speed," 15 June 2018 For more information to help job seekers, such as formatting tips for your resume, check Emory's list of FAQs. Mary Caldwell, ajc, "These metro Atlanta companies are making the biggest hires this June," 5 June 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 \

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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