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format

noun for·mat \ ˈfȯr-ˌmat \
Updated on: 20 Nov 2017

Definition of format

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

Examples of format in a Sentence

  1. The journals are available in electronic format.

  2. The file is saved in MP3 format.

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Origin and Etymology of format

French or German; French, from German, from Latin formatus, past participle of formare to form, from forma


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format

verb

Definition of format

formatted; formatting
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

formatter

noun

Examples of format in a Sentence

  1. The book is formatted in several different styles.

  2. The data was improperly formatted.

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First Known Use of format

1964


FORMAT Defined for English Language Learners

format

noun

Definition of format for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of format for English Language Learners

  • : to arrange (something) in a particular format

  • : to prepare (a computer disk) so that it can store information in a particular format


FORMAT Defined for Kids

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format

noun for·mat \ ˈfȯr-ˌmat \

Definition of format for Students

:the general organization or arrangement of something

Word Root of format

The Latin word forma, meaning “form” or “shape,” gives us the root form. Words from the Latin forma have something to do with shape. The form of a person or thing is its shape. To conform is to fit in with others in form, shape, or manner. Something formal, such as dinner, follows a specific custom or form. The format of something, such as a book, is its general shape and arrangement.


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format

verb

Definition of format for Students

formatted; formatting
1 :to organize or arrange in a certain way
2 :to prepare for storing computer data
  • format a disk


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