formation - definition and synonyms


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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

  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

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