Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To state as or reduce to a formula.
  • transitive v. To express in systematic terms or concepts.
  • transitive v. To devise or invent: formulate strategy.
  • transitive v. To prepare according to a specified formula.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To reduce to, or express in, a formula; to put in a clear and definite form of statement or expression.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To reduce to, or express in, a formula; to put in a clear and definite form of statement or expression.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To reduce to or express in a formula; state in a precise and comprehensive or systematic form.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or principle) after a mental effort
  • v. put into words or an expression
  • v. elaborate, as of theories and hypotheses
  • v. prepare according to a formula

Etymologies

From formula +‎ -ate (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 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.

    Boing Boing

  • But you kind of formulate your own characters from those part. sic And it just kind of, you know?

    Miss March (2009) : Edward Champion’s Reluctant Habits

  • Her most conscious desire was for silk underwear; at least it was the only one she seemed able to formulate!

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • As I tried to formulate my own position on Vietnam, I had a two-track system.

    The Good Fight

  • I believed that there was such a question and that it was up to us, students of the poem, to formulate it.

    The Empty Family

  • So, integrating the wisdom of the lessons from the graduate of the war college Admiral Kinney with the words of the peacekeeper Gandhi, I took the best from both master strategists and began to formulate a strategy.

    Manifesting Michelangelo

  • But there is a positive side of competition that drives philanthropy forward; you can still formulate new ideas and compete.

    Aaron Hurst: The Positive Side of Negative Space: An Interview With Merck's Ellen Lambert

  • It is unfortunate that the ideals of politically conservative individuals in this country are drowned out by self-ordained representatives like Sarah Palin who are either too unintelligent formulate a rational counter-argument, or simply prefer scare tactics rather than logic to present "our" side of the argument.

    Palin warns of 'disturbing' health care rationing

  • It is just a bunch of angry, misinformed white guys who have learned to scream opposing views down because they can't formulate a coherent, fact-based argument for themselves.

    GOP turns tables on Democrats

  • There is no way anyone can win in America today with pompouys pundits and editorial writers who think they should be the President, socalled journalists who think their job is to be stars and formulate opinion through anonymous sources, half truths and a lack of investigative reporting and elected officials who have made getting reelected their sole purpose in life. bob in LA

    Weiner: Obama speech may end 'Sybil' health-care message

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