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formulate

[fawr-myuh-leyt] /ˈfɔr myəˌleɪt/
verb (used with object), formulated, formulating.
1.
to express in precise form; state definitely or systematically:
He finds it extremely difficult to formulate his new theory.
2.
to devise or develop, as a method, system, etc.
3.
to reduce to or express in a formula.
Origin of formulate
1855-1860
First recorded in 1855-60; formul(a) + -ate1
Related forms
formulable
[fawr-myuh-luh-buh l] /ˈfɔr myə lə bəl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
formulation, noun
formulator, noun
nonformulation, noun
preformulate, verb (used with object), preformulated, preformulating.
preformulation, noun
unformulated, adjective
well-formulated, adjective
Synonyms
1. articulate, frame, compose, define, specify.
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Examples from the Web for formulate
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  • "I haven't had time to formulate my ideas yet," Hewson urged.

    Questionable Shapes William Dean Howells
  • He did not formulate the law in clear, set terms and moralise about it.

    White Fang Jack London
  • Before he could formulate a plan of action, the manape pressed the fatal button.

    The Mind Master Arthur J. Burks
  • "Oh, it's too soon to formulate anything," he told her, with prepared readiness.

    The Market-Place Harold Frederic
  • It may be helpful to formulate the common or lay interpretation of thoroughness.

    College Teaching Paul Klapper
British Dictionary definitions for formulate

formulate

/ˈfɔːmjʊˌleɪt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to put into or express in systematic terms; express in or as if in a formula
2.
to devise
Derived Forms
formulator, noun
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Word Origin and History for formulate
v.

1860, "to express in a formula," from formula + -ate. Related: Formulated; formulating.

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