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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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.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.)


From formula +‎ -ate


formulate (third-person singular simple present formulates, present participle formulating, simple past and past participle formulated)

  1. (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, 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. [...]

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  1. present adverbial passive participle of formuli