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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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