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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Specifically, Kushner was tasked with formulating a plan to finally end land disputes between Israelis and Palestinians. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Jared Kushner’s Palestinian peace plan reads like a real estate developer’s brochure," 23 June 2019 During this stretch, recordings capture officers asking about where the shots are coming from, formulating a plan of deployment, and attempting to zero in on O’Sullivan’s precise location. Megan Cassidy, SFChronicle.com, "43-minutes of chaos, desperation before rescuers reached fallen Sacramento police officer," 21 June 2019 In the hours that followed the initial reports of the shooting on Sunday night, the team worked feverishly to ascertain information about what had transpired while also trying to formulate a plan to help. Alex Speier, BostonGlobe.com, "Red Sox brass kept their mission simple: Help David Ortiz," 10 June 2019 Their genius is being able to identify a ship’s weakest rivets before setting sail, and formulating a plan that protects them from unsustainable pressure. Sam Walker, WSJ, "The Truth About Failing Spectacularly," 16 Feb. 2019 This version is formulated to even skin tone and minimize ingrown hairs, a perhaps more common leg issue. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "I Tried Nair’s New Hair-Removal Masks — Here’s What Happened," 15 July 2019 And the industry itself formulated the job as a source of shame in that sense, an industry source of shame. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "The Underworld of Online Content Moderation," 5 July 2019 Now the firm has formulated proprietary diets for both larvae and adults. The Economist, "Beetles and flies are becoming part of the agricultural food chain," 4 July 2019 Just as other hair products are formulated to work uniquely for different hair types, so are these sprays. Teen Vogue, "The 9 Best Beach Sprays for Every Hair Texture," 21 June 2019

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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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