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formulate Syllabification: for·mu·late
Pronunciation: /ˈfôrmyəˌlāt/

Definition of formulate in English:


[with object]
1Create or devise methodically (a strategy or a proposal): economists and statisticians were needed to help formulate economic policy
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  • To implement strategies, MMRDA prepares plans, formulates policies and programmes and helps in directing investments in the region.
  • It is time to start seriously questioning the power of corporations, and their role in formulating economic policy.
  • It is time to think, plan and formulate a strong antibiotic policy to address the burgeoning hospital infection.
devise, conceive, work out, think up, lay, draw up, put together, form, produce, fashion, concoct, contrive, forge, hatch, prepare, develop
informal dream up
1.1Express (an idea) in a concise or systematic way: the argument is sufficiently clear that it can be formulated mathematically
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  • Try to formulate your ideas in mathematical form so that the referee has an idea of where you are coming from.
  • What elevates good writers is the way they formulate their ideas.
  • Nevertheless, he formulates the idea of impetus in more classical terms as a virtus impressa (impressed force) and virtus motiva (motive force).
express, phrase, word, put into words, frame, couch, put, articulate, convey, say, state, utter


Pronunciation: /-ləbəl/
Example sentences
  • The complete execution of it may be put off to a distant future, or even indefinitely; but the idea is none the less formulable at the present time, in terms actually given.
  • The Axiom of Comprehension says that for any predicate formulable in first-order logic (plus the set membership relation), there is a set consisting of all the items that satisfy that formula.
  • Negation-completeness is that, for every statement P formulable within a given theory, one or the other of P and the negation of P is a theorem of the theory.
Pronunciation: /-ˌlātər/
Example sentences
  • But they've also persuaded the original formulators and the people with the know-how to collaborate to actually put the whole product back in production.
  • After all, the Victorian and Edwardian formulators of the work ethic understood that it is work that gives you a sense of your own powers and abilities; it is work that gives you self-esteem and self-confidence.
  • The voices of opposition can allow the policy formulators to revise their policies to suit social developments.


Mid 19th century: from formula + -ate3, on the pattern of French formuler, from medieval Latin formulare.

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