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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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  • In his formulation he used geometry rather than the calculus.
  • The second part of that formulation explains both why planning won't work and why planning is necessary.
  • Question begging abounds in your formulation of the argument.
  • It is tempting to dismiss this trite formulation as a meaningless excuse for inaction.
  • But it's a funny formulation to say that the gap in demand is enough to explain our unemployment without a structural explanation.
  • It encouraged the formulation of national crime control master plans and national crime commissions.
  • However, as one catchy formulation has it, absence of evidence is not the same thing as evidence of absence.
  • In response to widespread outrage from customers, it reverted to the original formulation within three months.
  • Any society bound to make wrong moves and mistakes in policy formulation and implementation.
  • The sooner the better, because it will give them an opportunity to take part in the formulation of the structure.
British Dictionary definitions for formulation

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

formulation

/ˌfɔːmjʊˈleɪʃən/
noun (transitive)
1.
the act or process of formulating
2.
any mixture or substance prepared according to a particular formula
3.
a medicinal preparation administered in a specific form, such as a tablet, linctus, ointment, or injection
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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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