articulate

adjective
ar·​tic·​u·​late | \ är-ˈti-kyə-lət How to pronounce articulate (audio) \

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 How to pronounce articulate (audio) \
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 How to pronounce articulative (audio) , -​ˌlā-​ \ adjective
articulator \ -​ˌlā-​tər How to pronounce articulator (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for articulate

Synonyms: Adjective

eloquent, fluent, silver-tongued, well-spoken

Synonyms: Verb

enunciate

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

The result was a smaller but more articulate Professor Hulk. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "Here's What Happens in the Extra Scenes From the Avengers: Endgame Re-Release," 29 June 2019 Look out for this scenario: A candidate will get a question about, say, tariffs, and will reply with an articulate yet impassioned speech about another topic entirely. James Pindell, BostonGlobe.com, "The Democratic debates begin tomorrow. Here’s what to watch for," 26 June 2019 All candidates for public office (national, state or local) should have cybersecurity programs for their own campaign operations and also be able to clearly articulate cybersecurity policy statements. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: New DIA drop-off doesn’t work for those with disabilities; Hot takes on Wednesday’s debate; Colo.’s public projects curse (6/28/19)," 28 June 2019 Instead, expect breezy wit and articulate characters solving mysteries in Scandinavian locales, from the astonishingly prolific author of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series. National Geographic, "12 travel books you won’t be able to put down this summer," 28 June 2019 Not surprisingly, all four scholars were exceptionally well-spoken and articulate. Vincent Andrunas, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Encouraging journalism students," 10 June 2019 Ty Tashiro, psychologist and the author of The Science of Happily Ever After, tells SELF that some partners are not very articulate during verbal disagreements. Anne Roderique-jones, SELF, "Something I Can't Recommend Enough: Fighting With Your Partner Over Email," 20 June 2019 Super-articulate, direct and friendly, sporting chunky horn-rimmed glasses, Davidge might be mistaken for a young college professor. Eric Johnson, The Mercury News, "Los Gatos designer builds e-bikes for speed and…," 28 June 2019 This time, however, there were no slips, and the composer's last concerto enjoyed a crisp, flawlessly articulate performance fleshed out by the luminous work of principal flutist Joshua Smith and golden pairs of horns and bassoons. Zachary Lewis, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Orchestra announces details of 50th anniversary 2018 Blossom Festival season (photos)," 11 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

What Lazarus articulates is a uniquely American ideal, a radical welcome that doesn’t presume anything except our common humanity. Ron Charles, Washington Post, "Don’t let the Trump administration vandalize Lady Liberty’s inspiring message," 14 Aug. 2019 Over the past year, the president’s bigoted rhetoric and signaling escalated with barrages of tweets attacking congressional members of color and asylum seekers, which spurned debate in newsrooms over how to best articulate the meaning of his words. Syreeta Mcfadden, The Atlantic, "What Toni Morrison Knew About Trump," 13 Aug. 2019 Each story is a cautionary tale, articulating the consequences of greed, corruption, bad marketing, poor product development or misunderstandings of customer needs. Paige Hymson, Los Angeles Times, "Play Next: What a true-crime podcast meant for a real-world investigation," 13 Aug. 2019 Over a long apprenticeship, Mr. Wilber developed his own take on Bechet’s style, with its ribbony vibrato and stoutly articulated melodies, first on clarinet and then on soprano saxophone. Giovanni Russonello, New York Times, "Bob Wilber, Champion of Jazz’s Legacy, Is Dead at 91," 9 Aug. 2019 As a student, Lynden-Bell became intrigued by the idea, and his adviser gave him a 1953 paper by physicist Dennis Sciama, who articulated the most complete version of Mach’s idea. Sarah Scoles, Scientific American, "The Good Kind of Crazy: The Quest for Exotic Propulsion," 29 July 2019 Princess Eugenie just articulated that hope by publicly wishing her parents—the Duke and Duchess of York, Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson (commonly known as Fergie)—a happy 33rd wedding anniversary, despite their divorce in 1996. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Eugenie Honors Her Divorced Parents’ Wedding Anniversary on Instagram," 26 July 2019 Independence alone, without the existence of a continental political structure, could not have fulfilled the vision Ames articulated 18 years before. Thomas Wendel, National Review, "The Beginning of a Nation," 4 July 2019 There were tracked bulldozers, wheeled forklifts, and articulated dump trucks with beds the size of backyard swimming pools. Andrew Curry, WIRED, "One Boy’s Dream Vacation to See Giant Construction Equipment," 26 June 2019

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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 and Verb

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

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More Definitions for articulate

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

articulate

adjective
ar·​tic·​u·​late | \ är-ˈti-kyə-lət How to pronounce articulate (audio) \

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 How to pronounce articulate (audio) \
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 How to pronounce articulate (audio) \

Medical Definition of articulate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: consisting of segments united by joints : jointed articulate animals

articulate

verb
ar·​tic·​u·​late | \ -ˌlāt How to pronounce articulate (audio) \
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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