Format - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈfɔːrmæt|  American pronunciation of the word format
Brit.  |ˈfɔːmat|  British pronunciation of the word format


- the organization of information according to preset specifications (usually for computer processing) (syn: formatting)
- the general appearance of a publication


- set (printed matter) into a specific format (syn: arrange)
- determine the arrangement of (data) for storage and display (in computer science)
- divide (a disk) into marked sectors so that it may store data(syn: initialise, initialize)


The journals are available in electronic format.

The file is saved in MP3 format.

The book is formatted in several different styles.

The data was improperly formatted.

The courses were run to a consistent format.

a large-format book for the partially-sighted

better ways to format your spreadsheets

Please format this disk before entering data!

The US comedy format was gradually imported to UK screens.

Filename in invalid format.

The format is fairly standard.

Our two salesmen were briefed on the format of the magazine, the advert sizes and costs, and the general article content.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: format
he/she/it: formats
present participle: formatting
past tense: formatted
past participle: formatted
singular: format
plural: formats
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