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noun     formulation pronunciation in American English
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  1. 1
    [uncountable] the development of a plan, system, or proposal

    foreign policy formulation

    formulation of:

    the formulation of new guidelines for more efficient use of fuel

  2. 2
    [countable/uncountable] the way that an idea or opinion is expressed in words
  3. 3
    [countable/uncountable] the quantities of different substances that must be mixed together to make a particular product such as a drug or skin cream

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