What does format mean?

Definitions for format
ˈfɔr mætfor·mat

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. format, formatting, data format, data formattingnoun

    the organization of information according to preset specifications (usually for computer processing)

  2. formatverb

    the general appearance of a publication

  3. format, arrangeverb

    set (printed matter) into a specific format

    "Format this letter so it can be printed out"

  4. formatverb

    determine the arrangement of (data) for storage and display (in computer science)

  5. format, initialize, initialiseverb

    divide (a disk) into marked sectors so that it may store data

    "Please format this disk before entering data!"


  1. Formatnoun

    (Print.) the arrangement of the parts of a printed page, such as text and graphics; as, text flowing around an illustration provides a more pleasing format; multiple columns are a more common format for large pages.

  2. Formatnoun

    Hence, The general organization, form, or plan for anything, such as an organized social, political, or entertainment event.

  3. formatverb

    to set into a specific format; -- of printed matter or data recorded on a data soorage medium.


  1. formatnoun

    The layout of a document.

  2. formatnoun

    The form of presentation of something.

    The radio station changed the format of its evening program.

  3. formatnoun

    A file type.

  4. formatverb

    To create or edit the layout of a document.

  5. formatverb

    Change a document so it will fit onto a different type of page.

  6. formatverb

    To prepare a mass storage medium for initial use, erasing any existing data in the process.

    I lost weeks of work when I inadvertently formatted my hard drive.

  7. Etymology: Via and, from liber formatus, from formo.



    In computing, format, a command-line utility that carries out disk formatting. It is a component of various operating systems, including 86-DOS, MS-DOS, IBM PC DOS and OS/2, Microsoft Windows and ReactOS.


  1. format

    Format refers to the structure, design, layout, or arrangement of something. It could be used to describe the way a document, piece of media, or event, among other things, is set up or organized. In computer science, format refers to the layout of information encoded for storage or processing. It's crucial in providing a systematic arrangement or approach to deliver or present content or information.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Format

    for′ma, n. of books, &c., the size, form, shape in which they are issued. [Fr.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. format

    1. In photography, the size and/or shape of a negative or of the print therefrom. 2. In cartography, the shape and size of a map or chart.

Editors Contribution

  1. format

    A type of file.

    File format is important and ensures that documents are stored accurately and can be accessed easily.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 25, 2020  

  2. format

    The structure of a document, file or digital technology.

    The format of the document needed to be changed to ensure it was accessible.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 13, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'format' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4478

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'format' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3836

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'format' in Nouns Frequency: #1558

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of format in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of format in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of format in a Sentence

  1. Jon Rahm:

    I do see the appeal other people see towards LIV Golf. I do see some of the points and arguments they could make toward why they prefer it, to be honest, part of the format is not really appealing to me. Shotgun three days, to me, is not a golf tournament — no cut. It’s that simple. I want to play against the best in the world and a format that’s been going on for hundreds of years. That’s what I want to see.

  2. Robert Ridland:

    When dealing with the second half of the second round of the Nations Cup, it’s always complicated, this new format will eliminate the confusion as far as scoring goes. The lowest number will win, similar to golf. It conforms to other sports.

  3. Craig Mazin:

    There's a difference between the perfect way of doing something in terms of historical accuracy, and the perfect way of doing something so that people will watch it and appreciate what matters. You can't have both, at least in that format.

  4. Ken Fenyo:

    We've seen a bifurcation in the economy, so while the wealthy have done well and continue to do well since the Great Recession, there's certainly a lot of the population that has not done as well. The dollar stores appeal strongly to that segment of the population. That's probably the overriding reason we see for the growth in the format.

  5. Volodymyr Zelenskyy:

    I think that we have to use any format, any chance in order to have a possibility of negotiating, possibility of talking to Putin. But if these attempts fail, that would mean that this is a third World War.

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