Definition of “formation” - English Dictionary

“formation” in English

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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 ]


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 /fɔːˈmeɪʃən/ us

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)