AdjectiveBut he clearly adored his quick-witted and mercilessly articulate elder daughter. Contrary to feminist accounts of her patriarchal imprisonment, Emily Dickinson's objections to her father's strictures had an affectionate tone …—Christopher Benfey, New York Review of Books, 17 Jan. 2002Among the most articulate critics of the tests are the boycotting students, who complain about narrowing opportunities and shrinking curricula.—Peter Schrag, Atlantic, August 2000
She's an intelligent and articulate speaker.
He was very articulate about his feelings on the subject.
The baby is beginning to form articulate words and phrases. VerbShe was shocked, she told me, to see that he insisted on talking about her ideas—and about the pains and hopes that gave rise to them. "The only way to keep it is to give it away," he told her, articulating and enacting the essence of altruism.—Joshua Wolf Shenk, Atlantic, June 2009"Fiction just doesn't interest me," one 41-year-old construction worker told CNN. "If I'm going to get a story, I'll get a movie," he said, articulating an attitude surely shared by many others in our media-saturated world.—Sara Nelson, Publishers Weekly, 27 Aug. 2007Erudite, elderly, and introspective, one of my patients articulates clearly some of today's dilemmas facing both alcoholic patients and their physicians.—Thomas L. Delbanco, Journal of the American Medical Association, 13 Mar. 1996
He had some trouble articulating his thoughts.
We disagree with the views articulated by the administration.
a theory first articulated by ancient philosophers
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Recent Examples on the Web
Always thoughtful, articulate, tough and deeply human – that was his super power.—Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 29 Nov. 2023 That’s a significant boon for the movie, since Kiran is articulate and remarkably steadfast.—Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 7 Nov. 2023 This time around, the House Freedom Caucus rebels don’t even have an articulate set of demands, just primal rage.—Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, 25 Sep. 2023 But one movement is largely confined to adult domestic cats: tail-up, whereby the articulate appendage is held perpendicular to the cat’s back, with the tip pointed forward at an approaching individual.—Brandon Keim, Popular Science, 12 Oct. 2023 Miles Taylor, the former Trump-era Department of Homeland Security operative who has become one of Trump’s most articulate and compelling critics, will speak.—Michael Tomasky, The New Republic, 5 Oct. 2023 Cunningham, one of the most innovative choreographers of the 20th century, who died in 2009, experimented with conventions, introducing elements of chance into his dances, which featured precise, articulate and highly technical movement.—Gia Kourlas Amir Hamja, New York Times, 18 Aug. 2023 If ever our descendants make contact with articulate beings from other planets and solar systems, English will doubtless start adding and assimilating words from Martian, Saturnian, and Alpha Centaurian and beaming its vocabulary across outer space.—Richard Lederer, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Aug. 2023 And the actors were able to speak on the show’s behalf, and no one is more articulate about the show than Tom (Read THR‘s cover story with Holland).—Christy Piña, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 July 2023
Who is the person who can help articulate and circulate those symbolic values?—Isabelia Herrera, Pitchfork, 28 Nov. 2023 Clearly articulating the minimum data requirements and why this data is needed will help set the tone for the system's design.—Kevin Korte, Forbes, 28 Nov. 2023 As the high court admits, many of the rules aren’t new, but they have never been formally articulated for the public.—Henry Gass, The Christian Science Monitor, 14 Nov. 2023 The benefits of the silent treatment have never been better articulated.—Chris Willman, Variety, 26 Oct. 2023 The thrill and glory of Arcadia is in watching articulate passion unfold itself.—Sara Holdren, Vulture, 17 Nov. 2023 Gracie articulates his pedagogy with movement and action.—Kevin Maurer, Rolling Stone, 12 Nov. 2023 Israel makes a desolation and may call it peace
The doctrine that emerged out of the conflict was most famously articulated by IDF commander Gadi Eisenkot.—Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 10 Nov. 2023 At the less emotional policy level, Dr. Zogby says frustration is building with the Biden administration for not pushing Israel harder to conduct its military campaign and articulate an endgame in a way that can draw in Israel’s Arab neighbors instead of alienating them.—Howard Lafranchi, The Christian Science Monitor, 6 Nov. 2023 See More
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borrowed from Late Latin articulātus "uttered distinctly, expressed clearly" (as translation of Greek énarthros), past participle of articulāre "to make distinct sounds," going back to Latin, "to divide into distinct parts," derivative of articulus "joint, part of a limb or digit between joints, point of time, clause of a document" — more at article entry 1
borrowed from Late Latin articulātus, past participle of articulāre "to make distinct sounds," going back to Latin, "to divide into distinct parts" — more at articulate entry 1