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tr.v. for·mu·lat·ed, for·mu·lat·ing, for·mu·lates
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.
1. to put into or express in systematic terms; express in or as if in a formula
2. to devise
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.
for•mu•la•ble (ˈfɔr myə lə bəl) adj.
formulate- Can mean "reduce to a formula."
See also related terms for reduce.
Past participle: formulated
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|Verb||1.||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"
|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"|
|3.||formulate - 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"
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"
|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
1. devise, plan, develop, prepare, work out, invent, evolve, coin, forge, draw up, originate, map out He formulated his plan for escape.
3. To form a strategy for:
blueprint, cast, chart, conceive, contrive, design, devise, frame, lay, plan, project, scheme, strategize, work out.
Informal: dope out.
Idiom: lay plans.