articulate

adjective
ar·​tic·​u·​late | \är-ˈti-kyə-lət \

Definition of articulate 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : expressing oneself readily, clearly, and effectively an articulate teacher also : expressed in such a manner an articulate argument

b : divided into syllables or words meaningfully arranged : intelligible an articulate cry/utterance

c : able to speak So furious was he that he was hardly articulate— Arthur Conan Doyle

2a : consisting of segments united by joints : jointed articulate animals

b : distinctly marked off an articulate period in history

articulate

verb
ar·​tic·​u·​late | \är-ˈti-kyə-ˌlāt \
articulated; articulating

Definition of articulate (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to give clear and effective utterance to : to put into words articulate one's grievances He found it hard to articulate his feelings.

b : to utter distinctly articulating each note in the musical phrase

c : to give definition to (something, such as a shape or object) Eight shades of gray were chosen to articulate different spaces.— Carol Vogel

d : to give shape or expression to (something, such as a theme or concept) a drama that uses eerie props to articulate a sense of foreboding

2a : to unite by or as if by means of a joint : joint

b : to form or fit into a systematic whole articulating a program for all school grades

intransitive verb

1 : to utter clear and understandable sounds

2 : to become united or connected by or as if by a joint Most bones articulate with other bones in one or more places.

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Other Words from articulate

Adjective

articulately adverb
articulateness noun

Verb

articulative \ -​lə-​tiv , -​ˌlā-​ \ adjective
articulator \ -​ˌlā-​tər \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for articulate

Synonyms: Adjective

eloquent, fluent, silver-tongued, well-spoken

Synonyms: Verb

bring out, enunciate, pass, say, speak, state, talk, tell, utter, verbalize, vocalize

Antonyms: Adjective

inarticulate, ineloquent, unvocal

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Examples of articulate in a Sentence

Adjective

But 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. 2002 The engaging and articulate Bol makes campers realize how fortunate they are to have the freedoms enjoyed in America, and he emphasizes the importance of capitalizing on their opportunities to get the most out of life. — Chris Broussard, New York Times, 4 Aug. 2002 Among 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.

Verb

She 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. 2007 Erudite, 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 the bones that articulate with the clavicle
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Vital, among the most engaging and articulate UConn basketball players, always has a lot to say, both in conversation and body language. Mike Anthony, courant.com, "Mike Anthony: Christian Vital's Fire Can Fuel Or Burn UConn," 17 June 2018 Carole Radziwill has two types of fans: Those who know her as a cool, unusually articulate Bravo star, and those, often of a different generation, who know her as the three-time Emmy, Peabody award-winning journalist and best-selling author. refinery29.com, "Carole Radziwill Doesn't Care If She's Your Favorite Real Housewife," 11 June 2018 The judge in charge, a firm, no-nonsense woman (Saadia Bentaieb), sits on one side of a table, faced by Antoine (Denis Ménochet) and Miriam (Léa Drucker) and their articulate, dueling attorneys. Kenneth Turan, latimes.com, "Review: Searing French drama 'Custody' is an unforgettable experience," 10 July 2018 Of all the major entertainment awards shows, the Tonys consistently delivers the most articulate speeches, and 2018 was no exception. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "The 72nd Annual Tony Awards: TV Review," 11 June 2018 Brad Keselowski, often one of the most articulate spokesmen about racing’s big issues, plants himself firmly in that category. Mike Hembree, USA TODAY, "NASCAR's conundrum: Cup Drivers want speed, fans clamor for excitement," 10 June 2018 From his fleet footwork to his impassioned characterizations, John Lam is one of Boston Ballet’s most articulate and expressive male dancers. Karen Campbell, BostonGlobe.com, "Boston Ballet’s John Lam is set to soar in dances from Balanchine to Bournonville," 10 May 2018 The foppish Johnson — an articulate campaigner — helped lead Brexit forces to victory in the June 2016 referendum that effectively ended Cameron’s career and set in motion more than two years of tortuous negotiations with the EU. Gregory Katz, The Seattle Times, "Out as UK foreign secretary: One more twist in Boris saga," 9 July 2018 Alejandro is from Venezuela, by the way – before seamlessly affecting Josh’s articulate language. Scott Bordow, azcentral, "'Joyful' Deandre Ayton offers personality, 'monster' skills for Suns at No. 1," 17 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

What that means for museums, art museums specifically, is still being articulated. Jackie Mansky, Smithsonian, "The Neuroscientist in the Art Museum," 19 June 2018 This tradition, while not articulated anywhere in city code, has historically given aldermen veto power over developments in their wards. Maya Dukmasova, Chicago Reader, "News / Housing Aldermen's absolute veto power over ward projects gets unlikely court challenge," 16 Apr. 2018 The piano part — clearly articulated and sensitively phrased by Anne-Marie McDermott — is not overly virtuosic but delights in its unexpected wanderings. Christian Hertzog, sandiegouniontribune.com, "A rare, fiery performance of a Rebel ballet kicks off Mainly Mozart Festival," 10 June 2018 Tuesday debate marked the first time all candidates clearly articulated their differences on a debate stage, rather than generally agreeing that any of them would be better than giving Hogan a second term. Erin Cox, baltimoresun.com, "Democrats running for Maryland governor stress differences in third televised debate," 5 June 2018 The Trump administration should also define and articulate its North Korea policy more clearly. Bruce Klingner, National Review, "Pyongyang and Seoul Meet: You Can Take Off Your Helmet, for Now," 11 Jan. 2018 Families are more likely to buy into services if staff members clearly articulate the steps that can be taken to help a child. Evan Macdonald, cleveland.com, "Cuyahoga County looks to Dayton as model for rehabilitating youth, reducing juvenile crime," 12 Feb. 2018 But the positions articulated by the two on issues ranging from trade and military spending to climate change and migration have remained far apart. Washington Post, "Friend or foe at NATO? Who knows when Trump comes to dinner," 10 July 2018 But the positions articulated by the two on issues ranging from trade and military spending to climate change and migration have remained far apart. Raf Casert, Fox News, "Friend or foe at NATO? Who knows when Trump comes to dinner," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of articulate

Adjective

1531, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

Verb

1661, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for articulate

Adjective

Latin articulatus jointed, past participle of articulare, from articulus — see article entry 1

Verb

see articulate entry 1

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articulate

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of articulate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: able to express ideas clearly and effectively in speech or writing

: clearly expressed and easily understood

articulate

verb

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

: to express (something, such as an idea) in words

: to say or pronounce (something, such as a word) in a way that can be clearly heard and understood

: to connect with a joint or something that is like a joint

articulate

adjective
ar·​tic·​u·​late | \är-ˈti-kyə-lət \

Kids Definition of articulate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : clearly understandable an articulate essay

2 : able to express oneself clearly and well an articulate speaker

Other Words from articulate

articulately adverb

articulate

verb
ar·​tic·​u·​late | \är-ˈti-kyə-ˌlāt \
articulated; articulating

Kids Definition of articulate (Entry 2 of 2)

: to speak or pronounce clearly Be sure to articulate your words.

articulate

adjective
ar·​tic·​u·​late | \är-ˈtik-yə-lət \

Medical Definition of articulate 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: consisting of segments united by joints : jointed articulate animals

articulate

verb
ar·​tic·​u·​late | \-ˌlāt \
articulated; articulating

Medical Definition of articulate (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to utter distinctly

2 : to unite by means of a joint

3 : to arrange (artificial teeth) on an articulator

intransitive verb

1 : to utter articulate sounds

2 : to become united or connected by or as if by a joint bones that articulate with each other

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