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formulate

[fawr-myuh-leyt] /ˈfɔr myəˌleɪt/
verb (used with object), formulated, formulating.
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
1855-1860
1855-60; formul(a) + -ate1
Related forms
formulable
[fawr-myuh-luh-buh l] /ˈfɔr myə lə bəl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
formulation, noun
formulator, noun
nonformulation, noun
preformulate, verb (used with object), preformulated, preformulating.
preformulation, noun
unformulated, adjective
well-formulated, adjective
Synonyms
1. articulate, frame, compose, define, specify.
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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

formulate

/ˈfɔːmjʊˌleɪt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to put into or express in systematic terms; express in or as if in a formula
2.
to devise
Derived Forms
formulator, noun
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Word Origin and History for formulated

formulate

v.

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

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