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**1 ** **a ** : a plan or method for doing, making, or achieving something *for* ** b ** : a list of the ingredients used for making something (such as a medicine or a drink) **2 ** **a ** mathematics : a general fact or rule expressed in letters and symbols ** b ** chemistry : a series of letters, numbers, and symbols showing the chemicals that a compound is made of **3 ** [noncount], US : a liquid that usually contains milk and that is used for feeding a baby **4 ** **a ** : a set of words that are commonly used in a way that does not seem original or sincere : a conventional statement ** b ** : a common way of creating or telling a story in a movie, book, etc.

Learner's definition of FORMULA

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- His investment strategy is based on a simple
*formula*. - This has proven to be a winning
*formula*.

- a
*formula for*success/happiness - There is no magic formula [=no simple and certain method]
*for*achieving success in the business world.

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

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- The
*formula*for the area of a rectangle is l X w. [=length times width]

- The
*formula*for water is H{inf}2{/inf}O. - chemical
*formulas*

- infants drinking
*formula*instead of their mother's milk

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- Politicians often resort to familiar
*formulas*when discussing controversial issues.

- the narrative
*formula*offered in so many movies - All her books are written according to a familiar
*formula*.

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