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 Under the six-class format, which has been in place since the 2013 season, Class A, 3A and 5A have been played on either the Friday or Saturday after Thanksgiving with Class 2A, 4A and 6A on the alternate day. Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, "New state finals schedule coming for Indiana high school football, eight-man up for vote," 3 July 2020 Today, half of his 28 large-format triptychs belong to museums, and three others that have come to market over the past 20 years have each sold for more than $80 million. Kelly Crow, WSJ, "Sotheby’s Brings Home the Bacon," 30 June 2020 The more updated your online profile and resume format, the more likely you’ll be seen as having a current understanding of today’s hiring practices. Kimberly Thompson, Houston Chronicle, "Seniors can follow a plan of action when looking for a job," 27 June 2020 That leads to this year's evolution to an online-only format, which Savage is adamantly clear about: all involved parties, particularly in this year's return of older, fan-favorite submissions from the past 15 years, have given Hump! Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Hump!, the online porn fest that wouldn’t have happened without quarantine," 26 June 2020 There aren’t many ways to compete in FIFA esports in a traditional league format like eMLS, which has franchises and head-to-head schedules. Sean Collins, Dallas News, "FIFA is a wildly popular game. Texas’ eMLS pros want to help its esports scene take the next step," 25 June 2020 As part of the Championship's new 2020 regular-season format, where all teams play 16 matches while separated into eight regionalized groups, Rising and the rest of the Western Conference's pairings were unveiled Thursday. Briar Napier, The Arizona Republic, "Phoenix Rising FC get favorable group draw for USL Championship's return next month," 25 June 2020 The team overseeing the 2020 Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee already had maximum authority to change the format, size and dates of the event under a sweeping resolution that party insiders approved in May. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Scaled-back Democratic National Convention overhauled as state delegates no longer traveling to Milwaukee, event moved out of Fiserv Forum," 25 June 2020 The online exams are the same as ones taken at testing centers in terms of content, format, on-screen experience and scoring. USA TODAY, "Shah Bar, infected ‘Idol,’ famed mall to close: News from around our 50 states," 24 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Jackson’s tournament will be formatted in a one-on-one style, with the 1-4 seeds decided in a free-for-all match using just snipers. Sean Collins, Dallas News, "Dallas Mavericks forward Justin Jackson using video games to help community," 22 Apr. 2020 Nothing was rejected, BookSurge co-founder Jeff Schwaner told us, except when a text file didn’t meet the formatting specifications. ProPublica, "The Hate Store: Amazon’s Self-Publishing Arm Is a Haven for White Supremacists," 8 Apr. 2020 The #coronavirussyllabus is formatted as a reading list. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "Professors Are Crowdsourcing a #CoronavirusSyllabus. Here’s the History They Think Should Be Used to Teach This Moment," 27 Mar. 2020 Hines said earlier in the season that the conferences voted on how to format this year's boys and girls state basketball tournaments. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Schools brace for overflow crowds ahead of St. Mary's-Peoria boys high school basketball playoff game," 25 Feb. 2020 While CalDigit pre-formatted the Tuff Nano for macOS, it can be reformatted to work with Windows and there are instructions included with the SSD that explain how to do so. Valentina Palladino And Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Guidemaster: The best portable SSDs you can buy right now," 20 Feb. 2020 This includes short-form content ideal for wireless and broadband, and longer format content for cable, satellite, IPTV, and broadband. ABC News, "Learn About Internships Available at ABC News," 11 Feb. 2020 Animated videos formatted like games are also popular. Sage Lazzaro, Wired, "Cats, Once YouTube Stars, Are Now an ‘Emerging Audience’," 22 Jan. 2020 Our newsletters are experiencing some formatting bugs. Fortune, "UNC Faces Backlash on the Decision to Preserve its Confederate Statue," 16 Dec. 2019

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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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The first known use of format was in 1840

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5 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Format.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/format. Accessed 15 Jul. 2020.

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format

noun
How to pronounce format (audio)

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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