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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Wallace formulated his theory of natural selection. Franz Lidz, Smithsonian, "The Great Feather Heist," 21 Mar. 2018 To formulate the guidelines, published in JAMA this week, a panel reviewed previous research on the benefits and harms of preventative interventions for perinatal depression. Korin Miller, SELF, "How New Recommendations on Perinatal Depression Might Change Your Next Prenatal Appointment," 14 Feb. 2019 Once recognized, neutral distillates or grain alcohol is then added to the recipe to synthetically formulate a wine or whiskey. Alan Goldfarb, The Verge, "Artificial whiskey is coming, and one company is betting you’ll drink up," 23 Aug. 2018 Since his appointment in September 2016, Southgate has formulated a solid blueprint for the English national team and has built up a strong relationship with his young squad. SI.com, "FA Optimistic Gareth Southgate Will be England's Manager at Euro 2020 Despite Potential Club Offers," 8 July 2018 In response, some formulated a muddled theory of racial discrimination specific only to black men and not women. The Economist, "The wage gap between white and black men is growing wider," 5 July 2018 Responding to this use of language proficiency, Ezra and the great assembly introduced precisely formulated prayer. Rabbi Avi Weiss, Jewish Journal, "Why do we pray with a set text?," 2 July 2018 Bloomberg formulated its rankings by analyzing data from the IRS, U.S. Census and Zillow. William Axford, Houston Chronicle, "Texas is home to some of the richest ZIP codes in the South, according to Bloomberg," 11 Apr. 2018 The new owners of the Artegon property are still formulating plans for the former shopping mall and have discussed a car museum or other entertainment attractions. Kyle Arnold, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Losing their home couldn't stop many former Artegon shops," 2 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of formulate

1855, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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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