verb (used with object), ar·tic·u·lat·ed, ar·tic·u·lat·ing.
verb (used without object), ar·tic·u·lat·ed, ar·tic·u·lat·ing.
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Origin of articulate
synonym study for articulate
historical usage of articulate
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.
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Example sentences from the Web for articulate
I am not the most financially literate person (I would be hard-pressed to articulate the term “junk bond”).
His correspondence, much of which survives, is that of an incisive and articulate observer.
I was looking for characters, originals, people who could articulate what they were doing in colorful ways.
My debate partner in Virginia was articulate, educated, likable, and familiar with a vast range of relevant scientific research.
Flooded by questions without words to articulate them, I connected images with explanations.‘Tracing the Blue Light’: Read Chapter 1 of Eileen Cronin’s ‘Mermaid’|Eileen Cronin|April 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It was as the utterance of a baby child but just learning to articulate.The Gateless Barrier|Lucas Malet
Such testimony is irrefutable, and is to groups of peoples what articulate speech is to the individual in the zoological scale.Russia: Its People and Its Literature|Emilia Pardo Bazán
His anxiety had forced into speech thoughts that had never before been articulate.Dangerous Days|Mary Roberts Rinehart
We have articulate evidence of the denial of the two sacraments by the Docetic idealists of Asia Minor.Expositor's Bible: The Epistles of St. John|William Alexander
She made a little gasp and murmur, but no articulate words came.The Seaboard Parish Vol. 2|George MacDonald