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



    BrE BrE//ˈfɔːmæt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɔːrmæt//
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  1. 1the general arrangement, plan, design, etc. of something The format of the new quiz show has proved popular.
  2. 2the shape and size of a book, magazine, etc. They've brought out the magazine in a new format.
  3. 3 (computing) the way in which data is stored or held to be worked on by a computer The images are stored in a digital format within the database.
  4. Word Originmid 19th cent.: via French and German from Latin formatus (liber) ‘shaped (book)’, past participle of formare ‘to form’.Extra examples For this year, we have decided to change the format of the conference slightly. The book is now available in a slightly smaller format. The drive supports the following DVD formats. Books are available in a larger format. The course is different in format from previous ones. The format of the new quiz show has proved very popular. The new format was tested in 2004. Try to experiment with different designs and formats. We will follow the same format as last year.
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