Definition of formulate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfôrmyəˌlāt/


[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


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

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Syllabification: for·mu·late

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