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Definition of formation noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    formation

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//fɔːˈmeɪʃn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//fɔːrˈmeɪʃn//
     
     
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  1. 1[uncountable] the action of forming something; the process of being formed the formation of a new government evidence of recent star formation in the galaxy
  2. 2[countable] a thing that has been formed, especially in a particular place or in a particular way rock formations
  3. 3[uncountable, countable] a particular arrangement or pattern aircraft flying in formation formation flying The team usually plays in a 4-4-2 formation.
  4. Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin formatio(n-), from formare ‘to form’, based on Latin forma ‘a mould or form’.Extra examples The troops advanced in battle formation. This dispute led to the formation of a new breakaway group. a squadron of planes flying in formation changing patterns of marriage and family formation the top civil servants who are responsible for policy formation An agreement on the formation of a new government was reached on June 6. Massive rock formations rise abruptly some 1 500 feet above the canyon floor. They’ve found evidence of recent star formation in the galaxy. the group of advisers who are responsible for policy formation
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