uttered clearly in distinct syllables.
capable of speech; not speechless.
using language easily and fluently; having facility with words: an articulate speaker.
expressed, formulated, or presented with clarity and effectiveness: an articulate thought.
made clear, distinct, and precise in relation to other parts: an articulate form; an articulate shape; an articulate area.
(of ideas, form, etc.) having a meaningful relation to other parts: an articulate image.
having parts or distinct areas organized into a coherent or meaningful whole; unified: an articulate system of philosophy.
Zoology. having joints or articulations; composed of segments.
to utter clearly and distinctly; pronounce with clarity.
Phonetics. to make the movements and adjustments of the speech organs necessary to utter (a speech sound).
to give clarity or distinction to: to articulate a shape; to articulate an idea.
Dentistry. to position or reposition (teeth); subject to articulation.
to unite by a joint or joints.
to reveal or make distinct: an injection to articulate arteries so that obstructions can be observed by x-ray.
to pronounce clearly each of a succession of speech sounds, syllables, or words; enunciate: to articulate with excessive precision.
Phonetics. to articulate a speech sound.
Anatomy, Zoology. to form a joint.
Obsolete. to make terms of agreement.
a segmented invertebrate.
Articulate comes from Latin articulātus, the past participle of articulāre “to divide into separate, distinct parts,” a derivative of the noun articulus “joint (of a body), point (of time), clause or section (of a contract or law), a single word in a phrase, clause, or sentence pronounced by itself, a pronoun or pronominal adjective, an article (definite or indefinite).”
As for the last definition, “an article (definite or indefinite, such as the or a in English),” the great, usually levelheaded Roman rhetorician Quintilian wrote Noster sermō articulōs nōn dēsīderat (“Our language does not desire articles”). Quintilian was contrasting Latin, which indeed had no articles, with Greek, which had a fully inflected definite article for all genders, numbers, and cases. Quintilian is proven wrong by the definite and indefinite articles in all the Romance languages.
- ar·tic·u·la·ble [ahr-tik-yuh-luh-buhl], /ɑrˈtɪk yə lə bəl/, adjective
- ar·tic·u·late·ly, adverb
- ar·tic·u·late·ness, ar·tic·u·la·cy [ahr-tik-yuh-luh-see], /ɑrˈtɪk yə lə si/, noun
- ar·tic·u·la·tive [ahr-tik-yuh-ley-tiv, -luh-tiv], /ɑrˈtɪk yəˌleɪ tɪv, -lə tɪv/, adjective
- mis·ar·tic·u·late, verb, mis·ar·tic·u·lat·ed, mis·ar·tic·u·lat·ing.
- mul·ti·ar·tic·u·late, adjective
- non·ar·tic·u·late, adjective
- non·ar·tic·u·late·ly, adverb
- non·ar·tic·u·late·ness, noun
- non·ar·tic·u·la·tive, adjective
- o·ver·ar·tic·u·late, adjective
- o·ver·ar·tic·u·late, verb, o·ver·ar·tic·u·lat·ed, o·ver·ar·tic·u·lat·ing.
- pre·ar·tic·u·late, adjective
- pseu·do·ar·tic·u·late, adjective
- pseu·do·ar·tic·u·late·ly, adverb
- re·ar·tic·u·late, verb, re·ar·tic·u·lat·ed, re·ar·tic·u·lat·ing.
- sem·i·ar·tic·u·late, adjective
- sem·i·ar·tic·u·late·ly, adverb
- sub·ar·tic·u·late, adjective
- sub·ar·tic·u·late·ly, adverb
- sub·ar·tic·u·late·ness, noun
- sub·ar·tic·u·la·tive, adjective
- un·ar·tic·u·late, adjective
- un·ar·tic·u·late·ly, adverb
- un·ar·tic·u·la·tive, adjective
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How to use articulate in a sentence
Levitin nicely articulated his insights into better aging and living in our interview.
When a company articulates a particular set of values on its website, it stands to be held accountable by employees, investors, and customers—especially in an age of constant scrutiny on social media.Companies that talk the talk on diversity are more likely to walk the walk | matthewheimer | December 14, 2020 | Fortune
She forced so many different leaders and organizations to articulate what they wanted in the role and who they wanted to serve in it.Politics Report: What the Dramatic Council President Contest Taught Us | Scott Lewis and Andrew Keatts | December 12, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
The governor could have, should have, articulated the very basic theory they were working off before he rambled through his endless slides and lists of restrictions.
He can’t articulate why he wants them other to say that he wants them.
British Dictionary definitions for articulate
able to express oneself fluently and coherently: an articulate lecturer
having the power of speech
distinct, clear, or definite; well-constructed: an articulate voice; an articulate document
zoology (of arthropods and higher vertebrates) possessing joints or jointed segments
to speak or enunciate (words, syllables, etc) clearly and distinctly
(tr) to express coherently in words
(intr) zoology to be jointed or form a joint
(tr) to separate into jointed segments
- articulately, adverb
- articulateness or articulacy, noun
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