formulate

verb for·mu·late \ ˈfȯr-myə-ˌlāt \
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

Definition of formulate

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

play \ˈfȯr-myə-ˌlā-tər\ noun

Examples of formulate in a Sentence

  1. a plastic specially formulated to resist high temperatures

  2. the doctor was trying to formulate a good way to tell her that she would need surgery

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First Known Use of formulate

1855


FORMULATE Defined for English Language Learners

formulate

verb

Definition of formulate for English Language Learners

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


FORMULATE Defined for Kids

formulate

verb for·mu·late \ ˈfȯr-myə-ˌlāt \

Definition of formulate for Students

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


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