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formation

noun uk   /fɔːˈmeɪ.ʃən/ us    /fɔːr-/
C2 [C] the way something is naturally made or the way it has been arranged: a rock formation cloud formations C2 [U] the development of something into a particular thing or shape: the formation of a crystal in formation Activities that are done in formation are done in a pattern by a number of people, vehicles, etc. moving together: marching in close formation [C] an arrangement of a team's players on a football field: There is a time for trying new formations and asking players to do slightly different things. a 4-4-2 formation
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