(noun, verb)


1. the organization of information according to preset specifications (usually for computer processing)

Similar word(s): formatting

Definition categories: communication, info, information

2. the general appearance of a publication

Definition categories: attribute, appearance

Sentences with format as a noun:

- The radio station changed the format of its evening program.


1. set (printed matter) into a specific format

- Format this letter so it can be printed out

Similar word(s): arrange

Definition categories: creation, change

2. determine the arrangement of (data) for storage and display (in computer science)

Definition categories: cognition, determine, set

3. divide (a disk) into marked sectors so that it may store data

- Please format this disk before entering data!

Similar word(s): initialise, initialize

Definition categories: change, dissever, divide, separate, split

Sentences with format as a verb:

- I lost weeks of work when I inadvertently formatted my hard drive.