transitive verb (-lated; -lating) Date: 1855 1. a. to reduce to or express in a formula b. to put into a systematized statement or expression c. devise <
formulate a policy
2. a. to develop a formula for the preparation of (as a soap or plastic) b. to prepare according to a formula • formulator noun

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  • formulate — for‧mu‧late [ˈfɔːmjleɪt ǁ ˈfɔːrm ] verb COMMERCE formulate a plan/​policy/​strategy etc to decide on a plan or a way of doing something and work out in detail how it should be done: • The company has hired a financial adviser to assist in… …   Financial and business terms

  • Formulate — For mu*late, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Formulated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Formulating}.] To reduce to, or express in, a formula; to put in a clear and definite form of statement or expression. G. P. Marsh. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • formulate — I verb arrange, compose, devise, draft, draw up, efform, express in a formula, express in a systematic way, express in precise form, fabricate, fashion, forge, form, formularize, formulize, frame, give form to, hammer out, indite, produce, put… …   Law dictionary

  • formulate — (v.) 1860, to express in a formula, from FORMULA (Cf. formula) + ATE (Cf. ate). Related: Formulated; formulating …   Etymology dictionary

  • formulate — [v] plan, specify systematically codify, coin, compose, concoct, contrive, cook up, couch, define, detail, develop, devise, draft, draw up*, dream up*, evolve, express, forge, frame, give form to, hatch, indite, invent, make, make up*, map,… …   New thesaurus

  • formulate — ► VERB 1) create or prepare methodically. 2) express (an idea) in a concise or systematic way. DERIVATIVES formulator noun …   English terms dictionary

  • formulate — [fôr′myo͞o lāt΄, fôr′myəlāt΄] vt. formulated, formulating 1. to express in or reduce to a formula 2. to express (a theory, plan, etc.) in a systematic way 3. to work out or form in one s mind; devise, develop, contrive, etc. formulation n.… …   English World dictionary

  • formulate — [[t]fɔ͟ː(r)mjʊleɪt[/t]] formulates, formulating, formulated 1) VERB If you formulate something such as a plan or proposal, you invent it, thinking about the details carefully. [V n] Little by little, he formulated his plan for escape. Syn: devise …   English dictionary

  • formulate */ — UK [ˈfɔː(r)mjʊleɪt] / US [ˈfɔrmjəˌleɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms formulate : present tense I/you/we/they formulate he/she/it formulates present participle formulating past tense formulated past participle formulated 1) to develop a plan,… …   English dictionary

  • formulate — verb ADVERB ▪ fully ▪ carefully, properly ▪ His ideas are always very carefully formulated. ▪ clearly, explicitly ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

  • formulate — for|mu|late [ˈfo:mjuleıt US ˈfo:r ] v [T] 1.) to develop something such as a plan or a set of rules, and decide all the details of how it will be done formulate a policy/plan/strategy etc ▪ Tawney formulated Labour Party education policy in 1922 …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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