format


format
I. format for‧mat 1 [ˈfɔːmæt ǁ ˈfɔːr-] noun [countable]
1. COMPUTING the way in which information is arranged and stored in a computer file or on a disk. If the format is not right, a computer will not be able to read the information:

• The firm markets software that automatically converts data from one computer format to another.

2. MARKETING MANUFACTURING the size, shape, and design in which a book or magazine is produced:

• A larger format often means an increase in price.

3. a way of organizing, arranging or presenting something:

• The stores face competition from other retailers using the megastore format.

• News stations are searching for a new format that holds viewers and attracts the younger audience that advertisers seek.

  [m0] II. format format 2 verb formatted PTandPP formatting PRESPART [transitive]
1. COMPUTING to put an instruction into a computer in order to prepare a disk so that information can be stored on it in a way that the computer can read it:

• You'll need to format the disk before you can copy the files across.

2. to arrange information in a computer file, for example using particular software or a particular type of writing, page size etc:
format in

• The documents are all formatted in WordPerfect.

• Documents are generally formatted for A4.

3. to arrange a book, magazine, or page according to a particular design:

• The text has not been very well formatted.

— formatting noun [uncountable] :

• If we transfer the file, we may lose the formatting.

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format UK US /ˈfɔːmæt/ noun [C]
the size, design, materials, etc. used for a document, book, photo, etc.: »

The report should provide clear and concise information in a format designed to communicate the information effectively.

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Documents must be submitted in paper format.

audio/digital/electronic format »

Once the photos are in a digital format, they can be edited.

IT the arrangement of information in a computer file: »

The program supports all of the major image file formats.

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To view reports in PDF format, Adobe Acrobat Reader is required.

the way in which an activity, event, etc. is arranged or presented: »

Whatever form the conference takes next year, it is likely to be different to the format used this year.

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format UK US /ˈfɔːmæt/ verb [T] (formatting, formatted, formats) IT
to prepare a computer disk for use in a particular type of computer
to organize the way text, pictures, etc. will appear, especially on a computer: »

Here are some tips on how to format the document.


Financial and business terms. 2012.