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

Many of them have never even been converted to digital format. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "A few of our favorite podcasts in 2018, from new to new-to-us," 23 Dec. 2018 All this, unfortunately, means a big change in the way Qualcomm Snapdragon phones store photo—the company is moving to the HEIF image format. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Meet Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855: AI boosts, a smarter camera, mobile gaming—and bye-bye, JPEG," 5 Dec. 2018 Others want the two-leg series changed to a single-elimination knockout format throughout, like in the NFL, with the higher seed playing at home. Geoff Baker, The Seattle Times, "Sounders hope to avoid becoming latest MLS second-round playoff upset victim," 7 Nov. 2018 The program hewed tightly to the debate format, outlining arguments and responding directly to points its human opponents made with facts drawn from scientific research and world events. Kevin Kelleher, Fortune, "IBM's Jeopardy-Winning AI Is Now Ready to Debate You," 19 June 2018 Particularly Daytona and Kids See Ghosts, which adopt the song-craving appetite of the streaming era and apply it to a condensed album format: expertly curated with no clutter, just seven songs that demand rotation. Jason Parham, WIRED, "Beyoncé and Jay-Z's Everything Is Love Marks a New Step in the Album's Evolution," 19 June 2018 From the quarterfinal round to the championship the tournament, held in the Phillipines, now transitions to a single-elimination format. Andrew Greif, OregonLive.com, "U.S. team of Oregon Ducks in hunt for 3-on-3 world basketball title," 11 June 2018 Teams that hold a 3-1 lead in the final are 32-1 since the league went to a best-of-seven format in 1939. Editors, USA TODAY, "Lawmakers talk immigration, Stanley Cup Finals, NASA releases Mars info: 5 things to know Thursday," 7 June 2018 Thanks to new changes to the WNBA’s All-Star format, the game could (in theory) get a little crazy with the lineups. Nina Mandell, For The Win, "WNBA All-Star Game voting could get interesting thanks to some new rules," 5 June 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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