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"formula" in British English

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formulanoun

uk   /ˈfɔː.mjʊ.lə/  us   /ˈfɔːr-/ (plural formulas or formulae )
  • formula noun (METHOD/RULE)

C1 [C] a ​standard or ​accepted way of doing or making something : We have ​changed the formula of the ​washingpowder. There's no ​magic formula forsuccess. [C] a ​mathematicalruleexpressed in a set of ​numbers and ​letters: He ​developed a formula forcalculating the ​area of a ​triangle.

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  • formula noun (MILK FOR BABIES)

(UK also babymilk , infant formula, US also babyformula) [U] a ​type of ​milk that can be given to ​babiesinstead of ​milk from ​theirmother
(Definition of formula from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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formulanoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈfɔr·mjə·lə/
the ​exactchemicalparts that a ​mixture consists of: [C] The ​companyannounced that it was ​changingits soft-drink formula to make it ​sweeter. Formula is a ​liquidfoodmixture that is ​fed to ​babiesinstead of mother’s ​milk. A formula is also any ​plan or ​method for doing something well: [C usually sing] The formula for ​success in ​business, he said, is a ​willingness to take ​risks. mathematics A formula is an ​equation (= set of ​numbers and ​lettersrepresenting two ​equalamounts) that ​shows how one ​amountdepends on one or more other ​amounts.
(Definition of formula from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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formulanoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈfɔːmjələ/ (plural formulas, formulae)
a ​standard or ​accepted way of doing something: a formula for sth/for doing sth Tandy had a simple formula for ​locating his ​stores: Put them where the ​customers are.funding/pricing formula The ​unions fought off another attempt to ​scrap the ​currentpension formula. The ​combination of ​conveniencestores and ​onlineshops has ​proven to be a winning formula for the ​company. I'm afraid there is no magic formula.
PRODUCTION a ​list of the substances used to make something: The formula consists largely of sugar.
(Definition of formula from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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