- to express in precise form; state definitely or systematically: He finds it extremely difficult to formulate his new theory.
- to devise or develop, as a method, system, etc.
- to reduce to or express in a formula.
Origin of formulate
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1. articulate, frame, compose, define, specify.
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Examples from the Web for formulate
After reading the script for this episode, did you formulate any theories about why the Terminans do what they do?Andrew Lincoln Wants Rick to End With Johnny Cash and the Sunset
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It works with members of Congress and the Obama administration to formulate center-left progressive policies.Intramural War of Words Raises Question of Who Loves Israel More
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So yes, there was a change in that we applied those algorithms, or the results there-of, to formulate the "who"/"what" response.Behind the Scenes With the Team That Built Jeopardy's Watson
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February 23, 2011
The rise of the government-technology axis has often made it virtually impossible to debate and formulate public policy.The Ike Speech That Eclipses JFK
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January 17, 2011
Then, of course, it gets abandoned, taken out, and thrown away to formulate this piece of strategy to save his business.Mad Men's Volatile Season
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"I haven't had time to formulate my ideas yet," Hewson urged.Questionable Shapes
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He did not formulate the law in clear, set terms and moralise about it.White Fang
Before he could formulate a plan of action, the manape pressed the fatal button.The Mind Master
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"Oh, it's too soon to formulate anything," he told her, with prepared readiness.The Market-Place
It may be helpful to formulate the common or lay interpretation of thoroughness.College Teaching
- to put into or express in systematic terms; express in or as if in a formula
- to devise
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Word Origin and History for formulate
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