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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)

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.

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!"