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articulate

adjective ar·tic·u·late \ är-ˈti-kyə-lət \
Updated on: 7 Dec 2017

Definition of articulate

1 a : 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
2 a : consisting of segments united by joints : jointed
  • articulate animals
b : distinctly marked off
  • an articulate period in history

articulately

adverb

articulateness

noun

Examples of articulate in a Sentence

  1. 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 BenfeyNew York Review of Books17 Jan. 2002
  2. 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 BroussardNew York Times4 Aug. 2002
  3. Among the most articulate critics of the tests are the boycotting students, who complain about narrowing opportunities and shrinking curricula. —Peter SchragAtlanticAugust 2000
  4. She's an intelligent and articulate speaker.

  5. He was very articulate about his feelings on the subject.

  6. The baby is beginning to form articulate words and phrases.

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Origin and Etymology of articulate

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

Other Grammar and Linguistics Terms


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articulate

verb ar·tic·u·late \ är-ˈti-kyə-ˌlāt \

Definition of articulate

articulated; articulating
transitive verb
1 a : 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
2 a : 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.

articulative

play \-lə-tiv, -ˌlā-\ adjective

articulator

play \-ˌlā-tər\ noun

Examples of articulate in a Sentence

  1. 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 ShenkAtlanticJune 2009
  2. "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 NelsonPublishers Weekly27 Aug. 2007
  3. Erudite, elderly, and introspective, one of my patients articulates clearly some of today's dilemmas facing both alcoholic patients and their physicians. —Thomas L. DelbancoJournal of the American Medical Association13 Mar. 1996
  4. He had some trouble articulating his thoughts.

  5. We disagree with the views articulated by the administration.

  6. a theory first articulated by ancient philosophers

  7. the bones that articulate with the clavicle

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Origin and Etymology of articulate


ARTICULATE Defined for English Language Learners

articulate

adjective

Definition of articulate for English Language Learners

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

  • : clearly expressed and easily understood


articulate

verb

Definition of articulate for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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articulate

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

Definition of articulate for Students

1 : clearly understandable
  • an articulate essay
2 : able to express oneself clearly and well
  • an articulate speaker

articulately

adverb

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articulate

verb ar·tic·u·late \ är-ˈti-kyə-ˌlāt \

Definition of articulate for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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articulate

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

medical Definition of articulate

: consisting of segments united by joints : jointed
  • articulate animals

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articulate

verb ar·tic·u·late \ -ˌlāt \

medical Definition of articulate

articulated; articulating
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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