re·​for·​mat (ˌ)rē-ˈfȯr-ˌmat How to pronounce reformat (audio)
reformatted; reformatting

transitive verb

: to format (something) again or in a different way
… this will require you to reformat your drive, which will delete all of your files on your device …Matthew Dunn
… the text is tiny when fitting a full page on a phone's screen, though there's a button to temporarily reformat text for the smaller display.Barbara Ortutay

Examples of reformat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One user attempted to reformat a console that was showing symptoms of corruption but ended up with a bricked system to show for it. Umar Shakir, The Verge, 8 Mar. 2023 Though the Hawkeye State’s first-in-line status has been in question over the years as the state has increasingly trended Republican, Iowa Democrats’ failed attempt to modernize the caucus could provide ammunition to reformat the presidential nominating process for 2024. Sophia Slacik, Fox News, 30 Nov. 2022 Or, Apple users can reformat the machine for macOS. Stephanie Mlot, PCMAG, 24 Apr. 2023 The presentation had a strong sense of camaraderie, and there were numerous disapproving references to the controversial decision to reformat the Academy Awards with eight categories, including editing, presented before the live broadcast and edited into the show. Carolyn Giardina, The Hollywood Reporter, 5 Mar. 2022 For the civics test, the administration wants to reformat the exam to be multiple choice, rather than the current fill-in-the-blank format. Devika Rao, The Week, 28 Dec. 2022 This classic Vietnamese crispy, stuffed rice pancake is being modernized as chefs get creative in their interpretations and playfully reformat the dish. Lauren Kotmel, cleveland, 16 Aug. 2021 The series reformats into an unconvincing faux-documentary, with obvious thirtysomething actors playing dreamy '70s youth and middle-aged interviewees. Darren Franich,, 1 Mar. 2023 Many high-profile Democrats have called on the DNC to reformat the starting lineup of the presidential primary calendar that currently kicks off with Iowa, followed by New Hampshire, Nevada and then South Carolina. Sophia Slacik, Fox News, 30 Nov. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1967, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of reformat was in 1967

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“Reformat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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