preformat

verb pre·for·mat \ ˌprē-ˈfȯr-ˌmat \
variants: or pre-format

Definition of preformat

preformatted or pre-formatted; preformatting or pre-formatting
: to format (something) in advance
  • preformat a disc
  • The editing software preformats the page.

preformatted

or pre-formatted adjective
    • Renewals … are "passive"—state workers check income databases in advance and, if nothing has changed, send a preformatted form that a parent just signs and returns.
    • —Don Sapatkin

First Known Use of preformat

1983

in the meaning defined above

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