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.
Origin of articulate
Synonyms for articulate
Antonyms for articulate
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Contemporary Examples of articulate
I am not the most financially literate person (I would be hard-pressed to articulate the term “junk bond”).Can Self-Help Books Really Make a New You?
December 29, 2014
His correspondence, much of which survives, is that of an incisive and articulate observer.Stonewall Jackson, VMI’s Most Embattled Professor
S. C. Gwynne
November 29, 2014
I was looking for characters, originals, people who could articulate what they were doing in colorful ways.The Real-Life Raiders of the Lost Ark
November 14, 2014
My debate partner in Virginia was articulate, educated, likable, and familiar with a vast range of relevant scientific research.My Debate With an ‘Intelligent Design’ Theorist
Karl W. Giberson
April 21, 2014
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’
April 8, 2014
Historical Examples of articulate
I have grown tired of the articulate utterances of men and things.De Profundis
My soul was so completely touched, that I could not articulate.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
By and by, the rushing noise began to sound like articulate language.Tanglewood Tales
When finally he was able to articulate it was in broken gasps.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
His voice was rather feeble, but clear, articulate, and musical.Heather and Snow
Word Origin for articulate
1590s, "to divide speech into distinct parts" (earlier "to formally bring charges against," 1550s), from Latin articulatus, past participle of articulare "to separate into joints," also "to utter distinctly," from articulus "joint" (see article). Generalized sense of "express in words" is from 1690s. Literal sense, "to join, to attach by joints," is attested from 1610s. Earlier senses, "to set forth in articles," "to bring a charge against" (1560s) now are obsolete or nearly so. Related: Articulated; articulating.
1580s in the speech sense (1570s as "formulated in articles"), from Latin articulatus (see articulate (v.)). Literal meaning "composed of segments united by joints" is from c.1600; the general sense of "speaking accurately" is short for articulate-speaking (1829). Related: Articulately.