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

Zapien said the format of the scrimmage will be 10 plays by the No. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Pasadena anxious to test its new defensive scheme in scrimmage with Baytown Lee," 14 Aug. 2019 Statcheck runs on the strict data-presentation format used by the American Psychological Association. David Adam, Scientific American, "How a Data Detective Exposed Suspicious Medical Trials," 6 Aug. 2019 Registration and continental breakfast starts at 7 a.m., with a rules review at 7:30 a.m. and a shotgun start at 8 a.m. The format for the event is Captain’s Choice Scramble. Gabrielle Copeland Schoeffield, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "West Carroll: One Last Round for George Golf Tournament to benefit Taneytown History Museum," 5 Aug. 2019 The winners had spent four years revamping their game, to focus mainly on the one-day international (ODI) format used in the World Cup, rather than five-day Test matches or quick-fire T20 fixtures. M.j., The Economist, "How England won the Cricket World Cup," 18 July 2019 Third, this format is not a natural one for me at all. Joe Garofoli, SFChronicle.com, "Andrew Yang doing better than many veteran politicians in first White House run," 16 July 2019 The format of the hearing has been under negotiation for the last few days, in part over a limitation that just 22 members from each committee would be able to ask questions. Rebecca Kaplan, CBS News, "Robert Mueller's congressional testimony could be delayed," 12 July 2019 Nadler wouldn’t comment on the format after being repeatedly asked about it by Republicans. Mary Clare Jalonick, BostonGlobe.com, "House panel authorizes subpoenas tied to Mueller report," 11 July 2019 But every laugh underscored how mismatched to the purpose this format was. Emily Dreyfuss, WIRED, "Hollywood Tried to Save America with a Live Reading of the Mueller Report," 25 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

To foster such data-sharing, a coalition of tech giants — including Amazon, Google and Microsoft — has committed to using common standards to categorize and format health information. New York Times, "Getting Your Medical Records Through an App? There’s a Catch. And a Fight.," 3 Sep. 2019 That means taking input from one type of AI algorithm but formatting its output so that it's understood by another—reading spikes and outputting data, or the opposite. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "One chip to rule them all: It natively runs all types of AI software," 31 July 2019 Instead of resorting to the functional format, use great content, organization, formatting, achievements and a strong qualifications summary to grab the reader’s attention. Dear Sam | Expert Resume, cleveland.com, "Use your resume’s cover letter to facilitate the storytelling of your brand," 16 Aug. 2019 At the time, Wikipedia pages were clunky and poorly formatted, packed with low-quality photos and too much information. Taylor Lorenz, The Atlantic, "A Wikipedia for Generation Z," 25 July 2019 Less than a quarter of those mismatches had to do with voter information, according to the audit; the rest were the result of time stamps formatted differently on documents. Alexei Koseff, SFChronicle.com, "Problems with DMV voter program didn’t hurt election, study finds," 9 Aug. 2019 The two used Adobe Suite to format the book and used the self-publishing website LuLu to print it. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "This mother-daughter duo just published a children's book about the history of Greendale," 17 June 2019 The basics of the application, including calculation, formatting, and charts, will be covered. Max Jungreis, BostonGlobe.com, "Weekend agenda," 1 Aug. 2019 The Los Angeles Times story reported: Thousand of lives can be saved in the event of any atomic attack by observance of only four rules formatted by the U.S. government. Scott Harrison, Los Angeles Times, "From the Archives: A-Bomb survival guide," 26 July 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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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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