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articulate

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

Definition of articulate

  1. 1a :  expressing oneself readily, clearly, and effectively an articulate teacher; also :  expressed in such a manner an articulate argumentb :  divided into syllables or words meaningfully arranged :  intelligible an articulate cry/utterancec :  able to speak So furious was he that he was hardly articulate … — Arthur Conan Doyle

  2. 2a :  consisting of segments united by joints :  jointed articulate animalsb :  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 Benfey, New York Review of Books, 17 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 Broussard, New York Times, 4 Aug. 2002

  3. 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

  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

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verb ar·tic·u·late \är-ˈti-kyə-ˌlāt\

Definition of articulate

articulated

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articulating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 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 phrasec :  to give definition to (something, such as a shape or object) Eight shades of gray were chosen to articulate different spaces. — Carol Vogeld :  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

  3. 2a :  to unite by or as if by means of a joint :  jointb :  to form or fit into a systematic whole articulating a program for all school grades

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to utter clear and understandable sounds

  6. 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 Shenk, Atlantic, June 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 Nelson, Publishers Weekly, 27 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. Delbanco, Journal of the American Medical Association, 13 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

Recent Examples of articulate from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of articulate

see 1articulate


ARTICULATE Defined for English Language Learners

articulate

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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

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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

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

Definition of articulate for Students

  1. 1 :  clearly understandable an articulate essay

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

articulately

adverb

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articulate

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verb ar·tic·u·late \är-ˈti-kyə-ˌlāt\

Definition of articulate for Students

articulated

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articulating

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


Medical Dictionary

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articulate

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

Medical Definition of articulate

  1. :  consisting of segments united by joints :  jointed articulate animals


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articulate

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verb ar·tic·u·late \-ˌlāt\

Medical Definition of articulate

articulated

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articulating

  1. 1

  2. transitive verb

  3. :  to utter distinctly

  4. 2:  to unite by means of a joint

  5. 3:  to arrange (artificial teeth) on an articulator

  6. 1

  7. intransitive verb

  8. :  to utter articulate sounds

  9. 2:  to become united or connected by or as if by a joint bones that articulate with each other



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