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Verb: formulate  'for-myû,leyt
  1. Elaborate, as of theories and hypotheses
    "Could you formulate the ideas in your thesis";
    - explicate, develop
     
  2. Come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or principle) after a mental effort
    "formulate a way to measure the speed of light";
    - invent, contrive, devise, excogitate, forge
     
  3. Put into words or an expression
    "He formulated his concerns to the board of trustees";
    - give voice, word, phrase, articulate
     
  4. (chemistry) prepare according to a formula

Derived forms: formulated, formulates, formulating

Type of: conjecture, create by mental act, create from raw material, create from raw stuff, create mentally, evince, express, hypothecate, hypothesise [Brit], hypothesize, show, speculate, suppose, theorise [Brit], theorize