Definition of formulate in US English:



[with object]
  • 1Create or devise methodically (a strategy or a proposal)

    ‘economists and statisticians were needed to help formulate economic policy’
    • ‘We met with members of the unit team several times to formulate a strategy.’
    • ‘The product is specifically formulated to maximize muscle mass, definition, strength and endurance.’
    • ‘If not, then formulate a sell strategy before you buy.’
    • ‘Basis Soaps and Cleansers are specially formulated with gentle cleansing ingredients and natural botanicals to leave skin feeling refreshingly clean.’
    • ‘Then, I pull back again, formulating what I'm going to say.’
    • ‘Youngsters will also learn to draw simple shapes with special crayons formulated specifically for use on construction paper.’
    • ‘All diets were formulated to meet or exceed requirements for CP, Ca, P, and vitamin A.’
    • ‘It is time to start seriously questioning the power of corporations, and their role in formulating economic policy.’
    • ‘I'm already formulating job search plans, and working out various budgetary considerations.’
    • ‘He also said the release was formulated on the basis of some phone calls between executive members.’
    • ‘The latter are formulated to meet the increased nutritional needs of pregnant females and puppies.’
    • ‘Only use products that are specially formulated for safe use on leather.’
    • ‘Smith and Jones independently seek to confirm the newly formulated law of refraction.’
    • ‘The people who formulated this hypothesis took a quantum leap in the wrong direction.’
    • ‘Choose a fertilizer formulated for your plants and follow directions carefully.’
    • ‘It is time to think, plan and formulate a strong antibiotic policy to address the burgeoning hospital infection.’
    • ‘We could then formulate biological hypotheses that might help explain those patterns.’
    • ‘Adkins reports that this alloy, specially formulated for use in steel mills, really helps.’
    • ‘The required premises need to be formulated on the combined basis of empirical and rational knowledge.’
    • ‘To implement strategies, MMRDA prepares plans, formulates policies and programmes and helps in directing investments in the region.’
    draw up, put together, work out, map out, plan, prepare, get ready, compose, produce, construct, make, develop, contrive, hatch, devise, think up, conceive, create, frame, lay, invent, originate, coin, design
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    1. 1.1 Express (an idea) in a concise or systematic way.
      ‘the argument is sufficiently clear that it can be formulated mathematically’
      • ‘Clearly some argument was addressed to the judge's suggestion but perhaps not formulated with any precision.’
      • ‘Their master plan is clearly formulated and being implemented every day.’
      • ‘The answer was clearly formulated as Allison nodded her head.’
      • ‘Once the theory is formulated in mathematical terms it turns out that there is nothing special about labour.’
      • ‘Nevertheless, he formulates the idea of impetus in more classical terms as a virtus impressa (impressed force) and virtus motiva (motive force).’
      • ‘However, few of these theoretical ideas have been formulated in ways suitable for testing.’
      • ‘What elevates good writers is the way they formulate their ideas.’
      • ‘Try to formulate your ideas in mathematical form so that the referee has an idea of where you are coming from.’
      • ‘But, if you look at it, it is an interesting way of formulating the suggestion.’
      • ‘So let me try to formulate more precisely what I'm getting at.’
      • ‘He expressed concern over the absence of a clearly formulated economic policy of the new Cabinet.’
      • ‘I think I can claim to have discovered the Anschluss, or at least to have been the first to formulate the idea clearly.’
      • ‘As a rule each individual tenet is formulated in an extremely brief way.’
      express, articulate, put into words, utter, state, say, verbalize, word, phrase, render, frame, couch, voice, give voice to, give form to, give expression to
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Mid 19th century: from formula + -ate, on the pattern of French formuler, from medieval Latin formulare.