Definition of formulate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

      

    formulate

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//ˈfɔrmyəˌleɪt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they formulate
     
    he / she / it formulates
     
    past simple formulated
     
    -ing form formulating
     
     
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  1. 1 to create or prepare something carefully, giving particular attention to the details formulate something to formulate a policy/theory/plan/proposal The compost is specially formulated for potted plants. formulate something to do something This new kitchen cleaner is formulated to cut through grease and dirt.
  2. 2formulate something to express your ideas in carefully chosen words She has lots of good ideas, but she has difficulty formulating them. He struggled to formulate an answer.
NAmE//ˌfɔrmyəˈleɪʃn//
 
noun [uncountable, countable] the formulation of new policies new formulations of existing drugs
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