Verb formulate has 4 senses
  1. explicate, formulate, develop - elaborate, as of theories and hypotheses; "Could you develop the ideas in your thesis"
    --1 is one way to speculate, theorize, theorise, conjecture, hypothesize, hypothesise, hypothecate, suppose
    Derived form: noun formulation2
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s something
  2. invent, contrive, devise, excogitate, formulate, forge - come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or priciple) after a mental effort; "excogitate a way to measure the speed of light"
    --2 is one way to create by mental act, create mentally
    Derived forms: noun formula3, noun formulation2
    Sample sentence:
    Did he formulate his major works over a short period of time?
  3. give voice, formulate, word, phrase, articulate - put into words or an expression; "He formulated his concerns to the board of trustees"
    --3 is one way to express, show, evince
    Derived forms: noun formulation3, noun formulation2
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s something
  4. formulate - prepare according to a formula
    --4 is one way to
    create from raw material, create from raw stuff
    Derived forms: noun formula2, noun formula7, noun formulation1
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s something