1. [ noun ] (grammar,linguistics) an expression forming a grammatical constituent of a sentence but not containing a finite verb
Related terms: construction response advice_and_consent verb_phrase prepositional_phrase noun_phrase pronominal_phrase catch_phrase modifier headword formulate
2. [ verb ] put into words or an expression
Synonyms: formulate word articulate give_voice

"He formulated his concerns to the board of trustees"

Related terms: express frame ask dogmatize formularize lexicalize word word articulation formulation conceptualization wording
3. [ noun ] (music,fine art) a short musical passage two to four measures long
Synonyms: musical_phrase
Related terms: passage ligature ostinato tune
4. [ noun ] an expression whose meanings cannot be inferred from the meanings of the words that make it up
Synonyms: idiomatic_expression phrasal_idiom set_phrase idiom
Related terms: saying ruralism like_clockwork in_the_lurch out_of_whack formulate
Similar spelling:   Pharisee