- 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 formulation
But their formulation includes some solicitations with educational material on it as money spent on programs.Wounded Warrior Project Under Fire
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How many times have you heard some formulation of this viewpoint?Communism's Victims Deserve a Museum
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The only problem with Obama's formulation is its implicit assumption that Iraqi leaders can simply choose to make up.How Iran and America Can Beat ISIS Together
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In this formulation, Dr. Romney is about to operate on the American economy, and who cares if Barack Obama is a much cooler guy?Huckabee on Romney: If You Have Cancer, Who Cares if Your Surgeon Is a Jerk?
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If we are realistic, this formulation probably will not happen in the next few years.A Three State Solution
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The final topic in the course is the formulation of a definition of economics.College Teaching
"Well, I don't care," said Louise, by no means displeased with the formulation.The Story of a Play
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The formulation of the democratic creed which should justify it was still to come.A History of the United States
The various steps in the formulation of such a measure reviewed.The Settlement of Wage Disputes
"I don't think it's quite so modern as that formulation," the other friend questioned.Imaginary Interviews
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- the act or process of formulating
- any mixture or substance prepared according to a particular formula
- a medicinal preparation administered in a specific form, such as a tablet, linctus, ointment, or injection
- 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 formulation
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