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noun formation pronunciation in British English /fɔː(r)ˈmeɪʃ(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 Health Service
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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
    Leeds played an attacking 4–3–3 formation.
    The soldiers broke into a run, keeping formation.
    in formation (=in a fixed pattern): planes flying in formation
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      [countable] the particular shape of something
      rock/cloud formations
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