for|mu|late [ˈfo:mjuleıt US ˈfo:r-] v [T]
1.) to develop something such as a plan or a set of rules, and decide all the details of how it will be done
formulate a policy/plan/strategy etc
Tawney formulated Labour Party education policy in 1922.
formulate an idea/theory
Charles Darwin formulated the theory of natural selection.
2.) to think carefully about what to say, and say it clearly
We are studying the situation but have not formulated any response yet.
>formulation [ˌfo:mjuˈleıʃən US ˌfo:r-] n [U and C]
the formulation of clear objectives

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  • formulate — for‧mu‧late [ˈfɔːmjleɪt ǁ ˈfɔːrm ] verb COMMERCE formulate a plan/​policy/​strategy etc to decide on a plan or a way of doing something and work out in detail how it should be done: • The company has hired a financial adviser to assist in… …   Financial and business terms

  • Formulate — For mu*late, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Formulated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Formulating}.] To reduce to, or express in, a formula; to put in a clear and definite form of statement or expression. G. P. Marsh. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • formulate — I verb arrange, compose, devise, draft, draw up, efform, express in a formula, express in a systematic way, express in precise form, fabricate, fashion, forge, form, formularize, formulize, frame, give form to, hammer out, indite, produce, put… …   Law dictionary

  • formulate — (v.) 1860, to express in a formula, from FORMULA (Cf. formula) + ATE (Cf. ate). Related: Formulated; formulating …   Etymology dictionary

  • formulate — [v] plan, specify systematically codify, coin, compose, concoct, contrive, cook up, couch, define, detail, develop, devise, draft, draw up*, dream up*, evolve, express, forge, frame, give form to, hatch, indite, invent, make, make up*, map,… …   New thesaurus

  • formulate — ► VERB 1) create or prepare methodically. 2) express (an idea) in a concise or systematic way. DERIVATIVES formulator noun …   English terms dictionary

  • formulate — [fôr′myo͞o lāt΄, fôr′myəlāt΄] vt. formulated, formulating 1. to express in or reduce to a formula 2. to express (a theory, plan, etc.) in a systematic way 3. to work out or form in one s mind; devise, develop, contrive, etc. formulation n.… …   English World dictionary

  • formulate — [[t]fɔ͟ː(r)mjʊleɪt[/t]] formulates, formulating, formulated 1) VERB If you formulate something such as a plan or proposal, you invent it, thinking about the details carefully. [V n] Little by little, he formulated his plan for escape. Syn: devise …   English dictionary

  • formulate */ — UK [ˈfɔː(r)mjʊleɪt] / US [ˈfɔrmjəˌleɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms formulate : present tense I/you/we/they formulate he/she/it formulates present participle formulating past tense formulated past participle formulated 1) to develop a plan,… …   English dictionary

  • formulate — verb ADVERB ▪ fully ▪ carefully, properly ▪ His ideas are always very carefully formulated. ▪ clearly, explicitly ▪ …   Collocations dictionary