verb (used with object), for·mat·ted, for·mat·ting.
- to set the format of (input or output): Some word-processing programs format output in a variety of ways.
- to prepare (a disk) for writing and reading.
verb (used without object), for·mat·ted, for·mat·ting.
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Origin of format
OTHER WORDS FROM formatfor·mat·ter, nounpre·for·mat, verb (used with object), pre·for·mat·ted, pre·for·mat·ting.re·for·mat, verb, re·for·mat·ted, re·for·mat·ting.
Example sentences from the Web for format
It was January 2011, and a female patient wanted her palm reformatted to bring her better luck.Your Future Is in the Palm of Your (Surgeon’s) Hand|Jake Adelstein, Nathalie-Kyoko Stucky|July 12, 2013|DAILY BEAST
I tried it with Microsoft Word and reformatted every single line, so I think I might have given up on it.Chris Colfer on ‘Struck by Lightning,’ Secret Boyfriends, and Girl Fans|Ramin Setoodeh|January 11, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The List of Maps and Plates was reformatted slightly to eliminate the original ditto marks ahead of each page number.The English Village Community|Frederic Seebohm
Also reformatted Manchester Guardian attribution to include em-dash for consistency with other quotation attributions.A Little Fleet|Jack B. Yeats
Simple division equations with numerators over denominators were reformatted as numerators/denominators.Pedagogical Anthropology|Maria Montessori
Due to confusing page numbering, page numbers were excluded and Table of Contents reformatted.The Assembly of God|C. (Charles) H. (Henry) Mackintosh
Pp. 44-47: The tables have been reformatted so that each month appears in a separate table.The Australian Army Medical Corps in Egypt|James W. Barrett
British Dictionary definitions for format
- the defined arrangement of data encoded in a file or for example on magnetic disk or CD-ROM, essential for the correct recording and recovery of data on different devices
- the arrangement of text on printed output or a display screen, or a coded description of such an arrangement