formulate

verb

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

transitive verb

1
a
: 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
2
a
: 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
formulator 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
Recent Examples on the Web According to our experts, there are virtually no risks to using products with hypochlorous acid to treat any of your skin conditions… as long as those products are formulated correctly and actually intended for your skin. Myranda Mondry, Allure, 4 July 2024 The doctrine was formulated in the high court’s 1984 ruling in Chevron U.S.A., Inc. v. Natural Resources Defense Council, a dispute over how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had interpreted a provision of the 1977 Clean Air Act regulating power plants. science.org, 3 July 2024 The material can also be formulated to different durability levels — meaning it can be used for a wide range of products, from handbags to seating — and can be dyed during the production process instead of using traditional polluting tanning methods. Rhonda Richford, WWD, 2 July 2024 Limits already exist, so this doesn't mean that there are suddenly no rules, and the case doesn't significantly curtail the EPA's power to formulate regulations. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 27 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for formulate 

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Word History

First Known Use

1855, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of formulate was in 1855

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Cite this Entry

“Formulate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/formulate. Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

formulate

verb
for·​mu·​late ˈfȯr-myə-ˌlāt How to pronounce formulate (audio)
formulated; formulating
1
: to express in a formula
2
: to put in systematic form : state definitely and clearly
formulate a plan
formulation
ˌfȯr-myə-ˈlā-shən
noun
formulator noun

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