Definition of formulate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    formulate

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈfɔːmjuleɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɔːrmjuleɪt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they formulate
    BrE BrE//ˈfɔːmjuleɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɔːrmjuleɪt//
     
    he / she / it formulates
    BrE BrE//ˈfɔːmjuleɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɔːrmjuleɪts//
     
    past simple formulated
    BrE BrE//ˈfɔːmjuleɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɔːrmjuleɪtɪd//
     
    past participle formulated
    BrE BrE//ˈfɔːmjuleɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɔːrmjuleɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form formulating
    BrE BrE//ˈfɔːmjuleɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɔːrmjuleɪtɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1to 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 pot 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.
  3. Word Origin mid 19th cent.: from formula + -ate, on the pattern of French formuler, from medieval Latin formulare.Extra examples His ideas are always very carefully formulated. products that are specially formulated for safe use on leather to formulate a policy/​theory/​plan/​proposal
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