articulate

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

Essential Meaning of articulate

1 : able to express ideas clearly and effectively in speech or writing She's an intelligent and articulate speaker. He was very articulate about his feelings on the subject.
2 : clearly expressed and easily understood an articulate argument/essay/speech The baby is beginning to form articulate words and phrases.

Full 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 \ är-​ˈti-​kyə-​lə-​tiv How to pronounce articulate (audio) , -​ˌlā-​ \ adjective
articulator \ är-​ˈti-​kyə-​ˌlā-​tər How to pronounce articulate (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for articulate

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Adjective

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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 Harold Pinter was a person who was much more articulate and radical in a political sense than Handke ever was. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 4 Oct. 2021 Change, representation, and inclusion can move through excellence… like Aisha Tyler herself, poised, articulate, and quietly powerful, ever-brave in trying new things and taking risks. Xian Horn, Forbes, 29 Sep. 2021 He’s not the smartest person at the party, or the most experienced, or the most articulate. Chris Hayes, The New Yorker, 24 Sep. 2021 Throughout the past eleven episodes, Kylie has been generous with sage advice and articulate when explaining the details of her own journey to self-love. Paul Mccallion, Vulture, 27 Aug. 2021 Intelligent, personable, articulate, natural, and connects well with the contestants. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, 3 Aug. 2021 The result is weird and articulate and angry; there’s some overwriting, and sometimes the thread is nearly lost. New York Times, 2 Aug. 2021 Young women were inspired by his wife, Rula, an articulate and liberal Lebanese Christian. Washington Post, 15 Aug. 2021 Bertrand represents a new and potent type of figure in the Party, the arch-articulate young woman who pits women’s rights against Muslim immigration. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 12 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb By applying analytical framework, the company can effectively articulate a problem, define a solution, conduct a competitive analysis and create a go-to-market strategy. Walter Loeb, Forbes, 7 Oct. 2021 The documentary shows us something Gulman cannot articulate with the same force onstage, something much less literal than an impression of a grandmother followed by footage of the grandmother. Kathryn Vanarendonk, Vulture, 30 Sep. 2021 Certainly, the founder’s previous experience, education and background play a role; however, more important is the founder’s ability to articulate their vision in an authentic way and influence everyone in the room. Ross Franklin, Forbes, 23 Sep. 2021 Several of its talking-head interviews are with women who had moving, upsetting, life-changing experiences with the company, and who can articulate that history in compelling ways. Kathryn Vanarendonk, Vulture, 9 Sep. 2021 But Patel’s clients saw his youth and his ability to articulate the needs and desires of Generation Z as assets. Rolling Stone, 25 May 2021 Many of us in public health have been screaming from the roof tops over the last 10 months trying to articulate the danger of this pandemic. Michael S. Saag, al, 8 Dec. 2020 And the government has failed to articulate a clear path forward. New York Times, 3 Sep. 2021 Nicholson said more broadly, American policymakers for years failed to articulate the mission in Afghanistan. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 29 Aug. 2021

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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

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

Verb

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

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“Articulate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/articulate. Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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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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