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 plural The 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 article (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 Jenny Strasburg and Bojan Pancevski contributed to this article. Saeed Shah, WSJ, "India’s Covid-19 Crisis Raises Pressure to Waive Vaccine Patents," 1 May 2021 Republic reporter Melissa Yeager contributed to this article. Kimi Robinson, The Arizona Republic, "Looking for a job? Great Wolf Lodge Arizona, other local hotels are hiring. Here's how to apply," 1 May 2021 Moor Insights & Strategy writers and editors may have contributed to this article. Patrick Moorhead, Forbes, "Self-Driving Truck Company Plus Demonstrates Commitment To Sustainability With Eco-Friendly Collaborators," 27 Apr. 2021 Tribune reporter Zak Podmore contributed to this article. Julie Jag, The Salt Lake Tribune, "3 Utah school districts now allow students to skip masks, based on their parents’ judgment," 24 Apr. 2021 Chronicle staff writer Erin Allday contributed to this article. Aidin Vaziri, San Francisco Chronicle, "Should California end its outdoor mask mandate? Bay Area experts weigh in," 23 Apr. 2021 The Detroit Free Press contributed to this article. Dallas News, "Here are the EVs coming down the pike," 22 Apr. 2021 According to the article, that study found that 72 percent of concussions occurred during practice, with almost half occurring in the preseason. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Safety concerns prompting NCAA football rule changes to overtime and preseason practice," 22 Apr. 2021 Staff writer Christopher Snowbeck contributed to this article. Jeremy Olson, Star Tribune, "Minnesota leaders urge caution amid signs of COVID-19 peak," 21 Apr. 2021 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

Middle English, "item or statement (in a set of rules, doctrines, etc.), clause in a statute or will, item or detail of concern," borrowed from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, borrowed from Latin articulus "connecting point of two bones, joint, part of a limb or digit between two joints, point of time, clause of a document, pronoun or pronominal adjective," from artus (genitive artūs) "joint, limb, part of the body" + -culus, diminutive suffix; Latin artus going back to Indo-European *h2r̥-tú- "joining" (zero-grade derivative of the verbal base *h2er- "fit, join"), whence also Greek artýs "order, arrangement" (recorded only by the grammarian Hesychius; from which Greek artýein "to arrange, prepare"), Armenian ard (genitive ardu) "order," Sanskrit ṛtúḥ "fixed time, order, rule," Avestan ratu- "period of time" — more at arm entry 3

Note: As a grammatical term Latin articulus was a translation of Greek árthron "connecting point, joint," which in the Stoic grammatical tradition designated both the pronoun (árthron hōrísmenon "definite article") and the article (árthron aóriston/aorístōdes "indefinite article," though Greek possessed only what is now considered a definite article in traditional grammar). In the later work of the grammarian Apollonius Dyscolus (2nd century A.D.) the pronoun was given a distinct term (antōnymía). The Roman grammarian quintilian clearly understood articulus to mean "article" in the current sense in stating that "our speech [i.e., Latin, in contrast with Greek] has no need of articles" ("noster sermo articulos non desiderat").

Verb

derivative of article entry 1

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“Article.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/article. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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article

noun

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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