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English verb: formulate

1. formulate (communication) elaborate, as of theories and hypotheses


SamplesCould you develop the ideas in your thesis.


Synonymsdevelop, explicate


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)conjecture, hypothecate, hypothesise, hypothesize, speculate, suppose, theorise, theorize


Narrower (hyponym)mature, redevelop, reformulate


Verb groupacquire, develop, develop, evolve

2. formulate (creation) come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or principle) after a mental effort


SamplesExcogitate a way to measure the speed of light.


ExamplesDid he formulate his major works over a short period of time?


Synonymscontrive, devise, excogitate, forge, invent


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)create by mental act, create mentally

3. formulate (communication) put into words or an expression


SamplesHe formulated his concerns to the board of trustees.


Synonymsarticulate, give voice, phrase, word


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)evince, express, show


Narrower (hyponym)ask, cast, couch, dogmatise, dogmatize, formularise, formularize, frame, lexicalise, lexicalize, put, redact

4. formulate (creation) prepare according to a formula


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)create from raw material, create from raw stuff


Domain categorychemical science, chemistry









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