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noun formation pronunciation in American English /fɔrˈmeɪʃ(ə)n/ 
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  1. 1
    [uncountable] the process during which something develops or is created

    the formation of stones in the kidneys

    factors that affect the formation of children's personalities

    1. a.
      the process of starting something such as a business, government, or organization for the first time

      the formation of the national low-cost housing program

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  2. 2
    [countable/uncountable] the way in which a moving group of people or things is organized into a particular shape or pattern

    Their unusual defensive formation won the game.

    The soldiers broke into a run, keeping formation.

    in formation (=in a fixed pattern):

    airplanes flying in formation

    1. a.
      [countable] the particular shape of something

      rock/cloud formations

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