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for·mu·late

 (fôr′myə-lāt′)
tr.v. for·mu·lat·ed, for·mu·lat·ing, for·mu·lates
1.
a. To state as or reduce to a formula.
b. To express in systematic terms or concepts.
c. To devise or invent: formulate strategy.
2. To prepare according to a specified formula.

for′mu·la′tion n.
for′mu·la′tor n.

formulate

(ˈfɔːmjʊˌleɪt)
vb (tr)
1. to put into or express in systematic terms; express in or as if in a formula
2. to devise
ˈformuˌlator n

for•mu•late

(ˈfɔr myəˌleɪt)

v.t. -lat•ed, -lat•ing.
1. to express in precise form; state definitely or systematically; to formulate a theory.
2. to devise or develop, as a method or system.
3. to reduce to or express in a formula.
[1855–60]
for•mu•la•ble (ˈfɔr myə lə bəl) adj.
for`mu•la′tion, n.
for′mu•la`tor, n.

formulate

- Can mean "reduce to a formula."
See also related terms for reduce.

formulate


Past participle: formulated
Gerund: formulating

Imperative
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Present
I formulate
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Preterite
I formulated
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Present Continuous
I am formulating
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Present Perfect
I have formulated
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Past Continuous
I was formulating
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Past Perfect
I had formulated
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Future
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Future Perfect
I will have formulated
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Future Continuous
I will be formulating
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Present Perfect Continuous
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Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been formulating
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Past Perfect Continuous
I had been formulating
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Conditional
I would formulate
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Past Conditional
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.formulate - elaborate, as of theories and hypotheses; "Could you develop the ideas in your thesis"
develop - elaborate by the unfolding of a musical idea and by the working out of the rhythmic and harmonic changes in the theme; "develop the melody and change the key"
develop, evolve, acquire - gain through experience; "I acquired a strong aversion to television"; "Children must develop a sense of right and wrong"; "Dave developed leadership qualities in his new position"; "develop a passion for painting"
hypothesise, hypothesize, speculate, conjecture, theorise, theorize, hypothecate, suppose - to believe especially on uncertain or tentative grounds; "Scientists supposed that large dinosaurs lived in swamps"
mature - develop and work out fully in one's mind; "I need to mature my thoughts"
reformulate, redevelop - formulate or develop again, of an improved theory or hypothesis
2.formulate - come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or principle) after a mental effort; "excogitate a way to measure the speed of light"
create by mental act, create mentally - create mentally and abstractly rather than with one's hands
3.formulate - put into words or an expressionformulate - put into words or an expression; "He formulated his concerns to the board of trustees"
ask - direct or put; seek an answer to; "ask a question"
evince, express, show - give expression to; "She showed her disappointment"
lexicalise, lexicalize - make or coin into a word or accept a new word into the lexicon of a language; "The concept expressed by German `Gemuetlichkeit' is not lexicalized in English"
dogmatise, dogmatize - state as a dogma
formularise, formularize - express as a formula
couch, redact, put, frame, cast - formulate in a particular style or language; "I wouldn't put it that way"; "She cast her request in very polite language"
4.formulate - prepare according to a formula
chemical science, chemistry - the science of matter; the branch of the natural sciences dealing with the composition of substances and their properties and reactions

formulate

verb
1. devise, plan, develop, prepare, work out, invent, evolve, coin, forge, draw up, originate, map out He formulated his plan for escape.
2. express, detail, frame, define, specify, articulate, set down, codify, put into words, systematize, particularize, give form to I was impressed by how he formulated his ideas.

formulate

verb
1. To convey in language or words of a particular form:
2. To devise and set down:
3. To form a strategy for:
Informal: dope out.
Idiom: lay plans.
4. To use ingenuity in making, developing, or achieving:
Informal: cook up.
Idiom: come up with.
Translations

formulate

[ˈfɔːmjʊleɪt] VT [+ theory, policy] → formular

formulate

[ˈfɔːrmjʊleɪt] vt [+ idea] → formuler; [+ plan] → élaborer

formulate

formulate

[ˈfɔːmjʊˌleɪt] vtformulare
References in classic literature ?
He had even got so far as to formulate in fancy the sentence: "I remember, gentlemen, that one afternoon, being on a pasear with two fash'nable young ladies," etc.
Let both sides, for the first time, formulate serious and precise proposals for the inspection and control of arms.
In order to arouse sympathy, the aristocracy were obliged to lose sight, apparently, of their own interests, and to formulate their indictment against the bourgeoisie in the interest of the exploited working class alone.
The respite my unexpected agility had given me permitted me to formulate plans for the immediate future and to note more closely the appearance of the warriors, for I could not disassociate these people in my mind from those other warriors who, only the day before, had been pursuing me.
The other was attempting to formulate an opening that would lead naturally to the proposition he had in mind.
This idea, while darkening his brow, drew several sighs from him, and caused him to formulate to himself a few vows of vengeance.
For me to formulate the query which I really wished to put was a simple impossibility.
Lucy stood by the central table, heedless of Punch and the Graphic, trying to answer, or at all events to formulate the questions rioting in her brain.
A proof of her weakness lay in the very utterance of what calm strength would not have taken the trouble to formulate.
My ardor for Shakespeare must have been at its height when I was between sixteen and seventeen years old, for I fancy when I began to formulate my admiration, and to try to measure his greatness in phrases, I was less simply impassioned than at some earlier time.
And so that last and greatest of Nikolas Rokoff's many rascalities had not only miserably miscarried through the treachery he had taught his only friend, but it had resulted in the arch-villain's death, and given to Lord and Lady Greystoke a peace of mind that neither could ever have felt so long as the vital spark remained in the body of the Russian and his malign mind was free to formulate new atrocities against them.
He did not formulate the law in clear, set terms and moralise about it.