# Formula - definition, pronunciation, transcription

*Amer.*|ˈfɔːrmjələ|

*Brit.*|ˈfɔːmjʊlə|

#### noun ▼

*(syn: expression)*

- directions for making something

*(syn: recipe)*

- a conventionalized statement expressing some fundamental principle

- a representation of a substance using symbols for its constituent elements

- something regarded as a normative example

*(syn: convention, normal, pattern, rule)*

- a liquid food for infants

- (mathematics) a standard procedure for solving a class of mathematical problems

*(syn: rule)*

### Examples

His investment strategy is based on a simple formula.

This has proven to be a winning formula.

The product is made using a secret formula that the company refuses to reveal.

The formula for water is H2O.

infants drinking formula instead of their mother's milk

There's no formula for a happy marriage.

We're still searching for a peace formula.

There is no magic formula (=a method that is certain to be successful) that will transform sorrow into happiness.

With viewing figures up a million, the programme has a winning formula.

Sugar is represented by the simple formula CHO.

Our products are handmade from traditional formulas.

he gave us a general formula for attacking polynomials

Other magazines have tried to copy the formula but have never quite cut the mustard.

Our washing powder now has a new improved formula.

He will be racing a Ferrari in this year's Formula One championships.

### Word forms

*noun*

singular: formula

plural: formulas or formulae