formulate

[fawr-myuh-leyt]

verb (used with object), for·mu·lat·ed, for·mu·lat·ing.

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

First recorded in 1855–60; formul(a) + -ate1
Related formsfor·mu·la·ble [fawr-myuh-luh-buhl] /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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formulation

noun (tr)

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

formulate

verb (tr)

to put into or express in systematic terms; express in or as if in a formula
to devise
Derived Formsformulator, noun
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Word Origin and History for formulation
n.

1876, from formulate + -ion.

formulate

v.

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

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