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[fawr-myuh-leyt] /ˈfɔr myəˌleɪt/
verb (used with object), formulated, formulating.
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
1855-60; formul(a) + -ate1
Related forms
[fawr-myuh-luh-buh l] /ˈfɔr myə lə bəl/ (Show IPA),
formulation, noun
formulator, noun
nonformulation, noun
preformulate, verb (used with object), preformulated, preformulating.
preformulation, noun
unformulated, adjective
well-formulated, adjective
1. articulate, frame, compose, define, specify. Unabridged
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  • The committee will outline a situation and ask you to formulate a plan that deals with the problem.
  • It leads to self-control, the ability to formulate strategies in order to resist impulses.
  • As in any graduate research seminar, students will use primary materials to formulate a persuasive historical argument.
  • Having proved the hypothesis wrong, you can formulate a new one.
  • Learns to formulate new and alternate ideas, approaches, and designs.
  • We also worked together to formulate milestones to work towards as the time was appropriate.
  • Most economists observe the world's economies from afar, and try to formulate theories to explain them.
  • Collect as much pre-trip data as possible-from weather reports to campfire conversation-to formulate a checklist.
  • The only trouble is that nobody can accurately formulate sure-fire game hits on a consistent basis.
  • He helped to formulate the mathematics doctoral program at the graduate school.
British Dictionary definitions for formulate


verb (transitive)
to put into or express in systematic terms; express in or as if in a formula
to devise
Derived Forms
formulator, noun
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Word Origin and History for formulate

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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