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formulate

for·mu·late

formulate

pronunciation:
form y leIt
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: formulated, formulates, formulating
definition 1: to state in precise or systematic terms.
similar words:
frame
definition 2: to devise, invent, or develop in a clear or methodical way.
 
similar words:
design, devise, frame, invent, lay, plan
definition 3: to express or represent as a formula.
derivations: formulable (adj.), formulation (n.), formulator (n.)
Word Parts
The word formulate contains the following parts:
-ate1 Latin verb-forming suffix that means to make, cause, do
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The suffix -ate primarily forms transitive verbs from Latin bases. Many -ate verbs were loanwords from Latin. Verbs ending in -ate combine with the suffix -ion to form nouns ending in -ation. These verbs also have corresponding agent nouns ending in -ator (navigator, dictator, elevator).