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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.
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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Examples from the web for formulated
  • Special-purpose fertilizers, on the other hand, are formulated for specific needs.
  • Use an acid-forming fertilizer, such as a blend formulated for rhododendrons and azaleas.
  • Several manufacturers offer fertilizers formulated especially for starting new lawns.
  • Feed palms with a fertilizer formulated specifically for them.
  • She formulated the syllabi and schedules for the college.
  • It is one of the revolutionary weight loss formulas that are fully formulated with all potent natural herbs.
  • His paragraphs are conversational, as you might expect, and not perfectly formulated.
  • Obviously our problem can be exactly formulated in the following manner.
  • The plan originally formulated, which has proved so successful, has been adhered to as much as possible.
  • Out of this, it is hoped that guides for the agendas for regional meetings will be formulated.
British Dictionary definitions for formulated


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 formulated



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

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