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
These values require constant maintenance and must be articulated over and over again in new contexts.Participation-washing could be the next dangerous fad in machine learning | Amy Nordrum | August 25, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
One response was through petition writing as women took to the pen to articulate their concerns.How Igbo women activists influenced British authorities during the colonial rule of Nigeria | Bright Alozie | August 7, 2020 | Quartz
It’s not just that the weighted vote is bad – which many smaller cities have articulated loudly and clearly for a few years now – but that the weighted vote is inappropriate for quasi-judicial decisions.
Scroll’s reason for existing has always been fairly easy to articulate.Inside Tony Haile’s expedition to (help) save the news business | Steven Perlberg | July 27, 2020 | Digiday
He has articulated some very clear themes and tried to approach them.Does the President Matter as Much as You Think? (Ep. 404) | Stephen J. Dubner | February 6, 2020 | Freakonomics
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.
“No one has been able to clearly articulate why they took that out,” Miller said.
My debate partner in Virginia was articulate, educated, likable, and familiar with a vast range of relevant scientific research.
For all that, an occasional mutter came unheeded to his ears, the closed curtains preserving articulate sounds like room walls.Cabin Fever | B. M. Bower
The infant begins its vocal utterances with simple cries; only at a later age does it begin to articulate.Man And His Ancestor | Charles Morris
The language of the Akka is of a very undeveloped type, and seems a link between articulate and inarticulate speech.Man And His Ancestor | Charles Morris
He laid his hand on his brow and more than once he groaned and muttered half-articulate expressions of repugnance.It Is Never Too Late to Mend | Charles Reade
The sick woman was lying still; her eyes wandered and her lips moved, but as yet no articulate sound issued from them.A Life Sentence | Adeline Sergeant
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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