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formulate

[fawr-myuh-leyt]
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verb (used with object), for·mu·lat·ed, for·mu·lat·ing.
  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

First recorded in 1855–60; formul(a) + -ate1
Related formsfor·mu·la·ble [fawr-myuh-luh-buh l] /ˈfɔr myə lə bəl/, adjectivefor·mu·la·tion, nounfor·mu·la·tor, nounnon·for·mu·la·tion, nounpre·for·mu·late, verb (used with object), pre·for·mu·lat·ed, pre·for·mu·lat·ing.pre·for·mu·la·tion, nounun·for·mu·lat·ed, adjectivewell-for·mu·lat·ed, adjective

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1. articulate, frame, compose, define, specify.
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British Dictionary definitions for preformulated

formulate

verb (tr)
  1. to put into or express in systematic terms; express in or as if in a formula
  2. to devise
Derived Formsformulator, noun
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Word Origin and History for preformulated

formulate

v.

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

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