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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
  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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