Definition of "formulate" []

  • To state as or reduce to a formula. (verb-transitive)
  • To express in systematic terms or concepts. (verb-transitive)
  • To devise or invent: formulate strategy. (verb-transitive)
  • To prepare according to a specified formula. (verb-transitive)
  • To put into or express in systematic terms; express in or as if in a formula (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To devise (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "formulate" in a sentence
  • "Some are just amazing bits of work, including this one that looks like a standard butterfly on first glance, but is actually the four finch species that helped Charles Darwin formulate his early ideas on evolution."
  • "But you kind of formulate your own characters from those part. sic And it just kind of, you know?"
  • "Her most conscious desire was for silk underwear; at least it was the only one she seemed able to formulate!"