article

noun
ar·​ti·​cle | \ ˈär-ti-kəl How to pronounce article (audio) \
plural articles

Definition of article

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a distinct often numbered section of a writing an article of the constitution
b : a separate clause
c : a stipulation in a document (such as a contract or a creed) articles of indenture
d : a nonfictional prose composition usually forming an independent part of a publication (such as a magazine) wrote an article for the newspaper
e : a document setting forth the terms of an agreement usually pluralThe Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has approved the certificate of filing of the articles of merger and plan of merger …— Ruby Anne M. Rubioarticles of consolidationarticles of incorporation
2 : an item of business : matter
3 grammar : any of a small set of words or affixes (such as a, an, and the) used with nouns to limit or give definiteness to the application
4 : a member of a class of things especially : an item of goods articles of value
5 : a thing or person of a particular and distinctive kind or class the genuine article

article

verb
articled; articling\ ˈär-​ti-​k(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce articling (audio) \

Definition of article (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to bind by articles (as of apprenticeship) (see article entry 1 sense 1c) He went to Durham Grammar School, was articled to a solicitor in Newcastle at seventeen, moved to another firm in London at twenty …— T. J. Binyon

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Synonyms for article

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of article in a Sentence

Noun I just read an interesting article on the city's early history. He has published numerous articles in scholarly journals. Article 3 of the U.S. Constitution. The company amended its articles of incorporation. Verb He articled at the famous law firm many years ago.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun An ethics panel has publicly admonished U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman for a March law review article criticizing some U.S. Supreme Court decisions. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee federal judge admonished for article about U.S. Supreme Court," 30 June 2020 This article is part of #TIME100Talks: Finding Hope, a special series featuring leaders across different fields encouraging action toward a better world. Time Staff, Time, "Jordin Sparks on Speaking Up About Racial Injustice and Police Brutality: 'The Fear Is Very Real'," 29 June 2020 This article was originally published by The Daily Astorian, one of more than a dozen news organizations throughout the state sharing their coverage of the novel coronavirus outbreak to help inform Oregonians about this evolving health issue. The Daily Astorian, oregonlive, "Oregon police officer on leave for allegedly making fun of George Floyd’s death," 18 June 2020 However, the article was published by Rappler two years before the new cyber libel laws came into effect in the Philippines. James Griffiths, CNN, "Philippines' Maria Ressa found guilty of 'cyber libel' in latest blow to free press," 14 June 2020 This article was originally published on May 27, 2020. Valerie Marino, Condé Nast Traveler, "Disney World Plans to Reopen on July 11," 29 May 2020 However, when the article was published, the Farmers' story was not mentioned. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, "Two Sisters Tried Expose Jeffrey Epstein Over 20 Years Ago — But No One Listened," 28 May 2020 Their point is that the article can be published at the last instant of the fourth week, or the first instant of the fifth week. Quanta Magazine, "Why Our Perpetual Energy Puzzle Fails," 22 May 2020 This article contains discussion of domestic violence. Holly V. Hays, The Indianapolis Star, "As domestic violence reports soar, nonprofits pay for hotel rooms for women seeking refuge," 18 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Only articles with more than 25,000 engagements were considered; 80 made up the final list. NBC News, "Social media hosted a lot of fake health news this year. Here's what went most viral.," 29 Dec. 2019 Laurel Austin showed the police online articles about chlorine dioxide, including one from the Autism Research Institute, one of the first and most vocal organizations to push the discredited theory that vaccines cause autism. NBC News, "Fake science led a mom to feed bleach to her autistic sons — and police did nothing to stop her," 14 June 2019 The redirect links were operated by a link-shortening service called Rebrandly and have since been taken down, but USA Really articles corresponding to the archived links are readily accessible. Russell Brandom, The Verge, "Russian troll sites infiltrated Donald Trump subreddit as recently as this month," 24 Sep. 2018 Correction: June 4, 2018 An earlier version of this articled misidentified the president whom Michael Jordan skipped out on meeting. Michael D. Shear, New York Times, "Trump Abruptly Calls Off Philadelphia Eagles’ Visit to White House," 4 June 2018 Every week science journalists get a bunch of emails from various Respectable Scientific Journals telling us, in advance, what articles those journals are going to publish. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "Scientists Are Subverting Formal Publication. Well, Some of Them.," 16 May 2018 This articled was updated with a report from Portland, Ore. Times Staff, latimes.com, "Coast to coast, voices are raised in anger and dismay," 21 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of article

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1693, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for article

Noun and Verb

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin articulus joint, division, diminutive of artus joint, limb; akin to Greek arariskein to fit — more at arm

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The first known use of article was in the 13th century

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2 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Article.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/article. Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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article

noun
How to pronounce article (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of article

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a piece of writing about a particular subject that is included in a magazine, newspaper, etc.
: a particular kind of object
: a separate part of a legal document that deals with a single subject

article

verb

English Language Learners Definition of article (Entry 2 of 2)

British : to work for a group of lawyers, architects, etc., while you are learning to become a lawyer, architect, etc.

article

noun
ar·​ti·​cle | \ ˈär-ti-kəl How to pronounce article (audio) \

Kids Definition of article

1 : a piece of writing other than fiction or poetry that forms a separate part of a publication (as a magazine or newspaper)
2 : one of a class of things articles of clothing
3 : a word (as a, an, or the) used with a noun to limit it or make it clearer
4 : a separate part of a document The first article of the Constitution of the United States creates the legislative branch.

article

noun
ar·​ti·​cle

Legal Definition of article

1a : a separate and usually numbered or otherwise marked section (as of a statute, indictment, will, or other writing)
b : a separate point, charge, count, or clause
c : a condition or stipulation in a document (as a contract)
2 : a document setting forth the terms of an agreement usually used in pl. articles of merger

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