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 At the end of the day, provide another quick update in the same format, including a high-level overview of the day’s work and a reminder of any information or feedback needed to continue moving forward with your latest project. Laura Spawn, Forbes, 7 June 2021 The promotion has a different format than anything else in the space, with a structured regular season with standing that lead to playoffs and an eventual championship final that pays the winner of each weight class $1 million. Mike Bohn, Rolling Stone, 7 June 2021 This season will be the first time spring sports teams compete under the new playoff format, which has eight regions per classification instead of four. Brent Kennedy, baltimoresun.com, 6 June 2021 The Whalers are defending champions and have won two of the last five sectional titles, but their 2016 and 2020 titles came via the individual tournament format, which won’t happen this year due to COVID-19 protocols. BostonGlobe.com, 4 June 2021 City and state restrictions put the kibosh on special events, performances and the casual, lengthy meander from stall to stall, and many markets adopted a no-touch, walk-through format. Hannah Herrera Greenspan, chicagotribune.com, 4 June 2021 That same tool on Leatherman’s latest flagship, the Free P4 ($140), is squished down into a less useable, nearly two-dimensional format. Wes Siler, Outside Online, 2 June 2021 The dinner menu will follow the classic supper club format — steaks, chops, seafood, pasta — peppered with Creole and Cajun touches. Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, 1 June 2021 Each of the 16 team regionals features a double-elimination format, with each regional champion advancing to best-of-three Super Regionals June 11-14. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, 31 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Proof your work, design the cover, format your document, plan your launch and marketing campaign, and unleash your book to the world. Ellevate, Forbes, 13 May 2021 The problem, Tapio says, is that the Finnish government hadn’t specified how psychotherapy practices should format their data. William Ralston, Wired, 4 May 2021 The large majority of the entrants followed my fervent entreaties to format their entries in a single line beginning with the letter set. Washington Post, 18 Mar. 2021 Adults can learn how to create, format and edit a document in Word at 11 a.m. Feb. 19. Shellie Lister, NOLA.com, 8 Feb. 2021 Include your name, email and age as part of the submission and format the writing with 1-inch margins, 12-point Times New Roman font and double spacing. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Feb. 2021 Students will also view ways to format a spreadsheet, such as adjusting row and column sizes. Chris Smith | Contributing Writer, NOLA.com, 21 Dec. 2020 The year was 1988, and Shel patiently taught me how to format documents on a desktop computer, which was new to me in what was then still a world ruled by typewriters. Ria Parody Erlich, Los Angeles Times, 12 Dec. 2020 To check to see what format your photos are stored in, go to photos.google.com/settings. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, 11 Nov. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/format. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for format

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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