re·​for·​mu·​late (ˌ)rē-ˈfȯr-myə-ˌlāt How to pronounce reformulate (audio)
reformulated; reformulating; reformulates

transitive verb

: to formulate (something) again and usually in a different way
… the company reformulated its … vegetable oil from a sunflower and soybean oil blend to canola.Alexis Beck
… a number of prepared questions may be designed with a specific interviewee in mind, but they are often reformulated during the course of the interview …Andrew Herod
reformulation noun
plural reformulations
The company has been channeling funds toward … reformulation of existing products to meet the rapidly changing taste of consumers pertaining to health and wellness. Zacks Investment Research

Examples of reformulate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Moderna’s mRNA flu shot was reformulated earlier this year after an initial large trial showed mixed results compared to existing vaccines. Robert Langreth,, 13 Sep. 2023 There are different kinds of flu, and the flu shot is reformulated annually to protect against the dominant versions expected to circulate each autumn and winter. Rong-Gong Lin Ii, Los Angeles Times, 7 Sep. 2023 The booster shots were reformulated last August to target the BA.4 and BA.5 omicron subvariants, in addition to the original strain of the virus. Berkeley Lovelace Jr., NBC News, 18 Apr. 2023 Instead, Teigen and Legend chose to reformulate the floor plan and share the amenities. Erin Clack, Peoplemag, 1 Aug. 2023 Federal regulators last month advised vaccine manufacturers to reformulate their COVID-19 shots to target an Omicron subvariant to provide the best protection as the weather turns colder and more people gather indoors. Martin Finucane,, 18 July 2023 After launching its first Real Eye Cream for Face in 2012, AHC has reformulated it every year (while still offering the previous versions) to include the latest and greatest ingredients in the K-beauty industry. Devon Abelman, Allure, 9 Aug. 2023 Technologies that can capture emissions and reformulate them into other materials are seen as one of many that could put humanity on a path to limit the impacts of global warming. Allyson Finch Wilson, NBC News, 29 July 2023 In the late 1990s, researchers began exploring this question by reformulating it as a question about graphs — networks of points, or nodes, connected by lines, called edges. Ben Brubaker, Quanta Magazine, 20 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1869, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of reformulate was in 1869

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“Reformulate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

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