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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 of formulate
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 unformulated
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  • The clutch of an unformulated doubt had checked the words on her lips.

    Bunner Sisters Edith Wharton
  • Independence and optimism are vital parts of his unformulated creed.

    The Bibliotaph Leon H. Vincent
  • Something as yet unformulated within her kept her estranged from all these practical aspects of her beliefs.

    Ann Veronica H. G. Wells
  • And they worked as if under the impulse of some unformulated motive.

    Angel Island Inez Haynes Gillmore
  • A formula for doing a thing that, unformulated, would land the doer in jail.

    The Roycroft Dictionary Elbert Hubbard
  • Justine's desire to leave him had revived his unformulated distrust of her.

    The Fruit of the Tree Edith Wharton
  • If the fears of Ulster took any concrete form, it would be easier to combat them; but they are unformulated, nebulous.

    The Framework of Home Rule Erskine Childers
  • Sypher liked Rattenden because he could often put into a phrase his own unformulated ideas.

    Septimus William J. Locke
  • Gravitation was a force whose laws and character were yet unformulated.

  • Confounded by this practical expression of his own unformulated good intentions, the Right Bower was staggered.

    On the Frontier Bret Harte
British Dictionary definitions for unformulated

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 unformulated

formulate

v.

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

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