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

Rivera, who works at an Unleashed by Petco, a small-format store on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, said he’s already bought a laser pointer for his 19-year-old cat, Ajani. Gerald Porter Jr., The Seattle Times, "Millennials plan to spend big on holiday gifts — for their pets," 5 Dec. 2018 Adult Swim and Sub Pop are releasing the Rick and Morty soundtrack this fall in vinyl, cassette, CD, and digital formats. Sofia Mele, Billboard, "'Rick and Morty' Soundtrack to Be Released," 12 July 2018 As for the third, what type of data should be shared, and in which format? The Economist, "A new school in ChicagoHow regulators can prevent excessive concentration online," 28 June 2018 Some, such as All-America guard Sabrina Ionescu, didn't even know the rules of 3-on-3, with its 10-minute games, 12-second shot clock and format of first to 21 points in a half-court. Andrew Greif, OregonLive.com, "Oregon Ducks team preparing to represent U.S. in 3-on-3 World Cup," 31 May 2018 These series elevate the genre with innovative takes on familiar formats. Aric Jenkins, Fortune, "'Queer Eye' Season 2 Gets a Sooner-Than-Expected Release Date on Netflix," 24 May 2018 Data encoded with FontCode can also endure across any image-preserving digital format, like PDF or PNG. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "You Can Send Invisible Messages With Subtle Font Tweaks," 20 May 2018 No amount of tinkering to the format or the rules could liven the event, so NASCAR made a radical change this time. Jenna Fryer, BostonGlobe.com, "Kevin Harvick wins All-Star race," 20 May 2018 Roskam, however, dismissed the traditional in-person format as unproductive and boasted of his ability to reach far more people via convenient telephone town halls, which are arranged by his campaign. Erin Hegarty, Naperville Sun, "Congressional town halls: Old-fashioned and inefficient or vital to the fabric of democracy?," 28 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

What shows up will be the URL of the image, plus some formatting junk on the end. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "How to Do a Reverse Image Search," 20 Nov. 2018 How to Invent Everything is formatted as a helpful tool for you, the reader, who has just decided to rent the FC3000™ time machine. Angela Chen, The Verge, "Dinosaur Comics creator Ryan North explains ‘how to invent everything’," 12 Oct. 2018 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

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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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