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"formation" in British English

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formationnoun

uk   /fɔːˈmeɪ.ʃən/  us   /fɔːrˈmeɪ.ʃən/
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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(Definition of formation from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"formation" in American English

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formationnoun [C/U]

 /fɔrˈmeɪ·ʃən/
  • formation noun [C/U] (ROCK)

earth science a large area of rock that has characteristics different from the land surrounding it
  • formation noun [C/U] (COMING TOGETHER)

the process by which something comes into existence or begins to have a particular order or shape: [U] They called for the formation of a committee to investigate corruption.
A formation is the particular form that something has taken, or the things or people having this form: [C] unusual cloud formations [U] The soldiers marched in formation (= in an orderly arrangement).
(Definition of formation from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"formation" in Business English

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formationnoun [U]

uk   us   /fɔːˈmeɪʃən/
the development or creation of a company, organization, etc.: His company has made excellent progress since its formation three years ago. The arts center is completing the formation of a search committee for a new chief executive officer.
(Definition of formation from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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“formation” in American English

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A bunch of stuff about plurals
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May 24, 2016
by Colin McIntosh One of the many ways in which English differs from other languages is its use of uncountable nouns to talk about collections of objects: as well as never being used in the plural, they’re never used with a or an. Examples are furniture (plural in German and many other languages), cutlery (plural in Italian), and

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