formulate

[ fawr-myuh-leyt ]
/ ˈfɔr myəˌleɪt /
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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.

Nearby words

  1. formulae,
  2. formulaic,
  3. formular,
  4. formularize,
  5. formulary,
  6. formulation,
  7. formulism,
  8. formulize,
  9. formwork,
  10. formyl

Origin of formulate

First recorded in 1855–60; formul(a) + -ate1

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British Dictionary definitions for preformulated

formulate

/ (ˈfɔːmjʊˌleɪt) /

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 preformulated

formulate

v.

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

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