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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.
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1. to put into or express in systematic terms; express in or as if in a formula
2. to devise
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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.
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formulate- Can mean "reduce to a formula."
See also related terms for reduce.
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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
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1. devise, plan, develop, prepare, work out, invent, evolve, coin, forge, draw up, originate, map out He formulated his plan for escape.
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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.
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formulate[ˈfɔːmjʊleɪt] VT [+ theory, policy] → formular
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
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vt → formulieren
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
formulate[ˈfɔːmjʊˌleɪt] vt → formulare
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