formulate

verb
for·​mu·​late | \ ˈfȯr-myə-ˌlāt How to pronounce formulate (audio) \
formulated; formulating

Definition of formulate

transitive verb

1a : to reduce to or express in a formula formulate the area of a rectangle
b : to put into a systematized statement or expression formulate long-term goals
c : devise formulate a policy formulate a plan
2a : to develop a formula for the preparation of (something, such as a soap or plastic) a plastic specially formulated to resist high temperatures
b : to prepare according to a formula formulate the vaccine against malaria

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Other Words from formulate

formulator \ ˈfȯr-​myə-​ˌlā-​tər How to pronounce formulator (audio) \ noun

Examples of formulate in a Sentence

a plastic specially formulated to resist high temperatures the doctor was trying to formulate a good way to tell her that she would need surgery

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That’s because these medications are formulated to bind to only some receptors for retinoic acid. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Can People With Sensitive Skin Be in the Retinol Club, Too?," 30 Apr. 2019 Just make sure to use a true floor or deck paint, which is formulated to stand up to the daily wear and tear of being walked on. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "How to Choose the Right Hardwood Floor Color," 11 Mar. 2019 And in the beauty world, many of the hottest skin-care ingredients (snail mucus, bee venom) sound like they’ve been formulated in a steaming cauldron instead a lab. Harper's BAZAAR, "The Modern Woman Is Embracing Her Inner Witch," 12 Nov. 2018 Bubblewrap is formulated to go on lightly and absorb into skin quickly, without leaving any greasy residue. Rebecca Dancer, Allure, "Glossier Just Launched Its First Eye Cream — But It's Not Just For Your Eyes," 29 Apr. 2019 These skin care essentials are formulated with proven ingredients, like salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide. Teen Vogue, "The 13 Best Acne Products on Amazon," 23 Apr. 2019 The ingredients are formulated to relax and soothe sore muscles, joints, and pain, soften skin, and combat inflammation. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "A Heart-Shaped CBD Bath Bomb Is Exactly What You Need To Relax This Weekend," 1 Feb. 2019 The concealer is formulated to be one to two shades lighter than your natural color. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Rihanna’s Makeup Artist Taught Me Everything About Getting Her Glow," 25 Jan. 2019 Salt sprays are exactly that: a hair styling product formulated with salt. Audrey Noble, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Best Salt Sprays for All Hair Types," 8 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of formulate

1855, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of formulate was in 1855

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formulate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of formulate

: to create, invent, or produce (something) by careful thought and effort

formulate

verb
for·​mu·​late | \ ˈfȯr-myə-ˌlāt How to pronounce formulate (audio) \
formulated; formulating

Kids Definition of formulate

: to create, invent, or produce by careful thought and effort formulate a medicine formulate an answer

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