Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From formula +‎ -ate

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

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

    The Good Fight

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

    The Good Fight

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

    The Good Fight

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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