Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for formulate in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)
- (transitive) To reduce to, or express in, a formula; to put in a clear and definite form of statement or expression.
1988, Andrew Radford, Transformational Grammar, Cambridge: University Press, ISBN 0-521-34750-5, page 19:
- Another source of evidence supporting the conclusion that children learn language by formulating a set of rules comes from the errors that they produce. A case in point are overgeneralized past tense forms like comed, goed, seed, buyed, bringed, etc. frequently used by young children. [...]
- formulate in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- formulate in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911