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Definition of format verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    format

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈfɔːmæt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɔːrmæt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they format
    BrE BrE//ˈfɔːmæt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɔːrmæt//
     
    he / she / it formats
    BrE BrE//ˈfɔːmæts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɔːrmæts//
     
    past simple formatted
    BrE BrE//ˈfɔːmætɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɔːrmætɪd//
     
    past participle formatted
    BrE BrE//ˈfɔːmætɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɔːrmætɪd//
     
    -ing form formatting
    BrE BrE//ˈfɔːmætɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɔːrmætɪŋ//
     
    Using a computer
     
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  1. 1format something to prepare a computer disk so that data can be recorded on it See related entries: Using a computer
  2. 2format something (specialist) to arrange text in a particular way on a page or a screen
  3. Word Origin mid 19th cent.: via French and German from Latin formatus (liber) ‘shaped (book)’, past participle of formare ‘to form’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: format

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