Nearby words

  1. articular muscle,
  2. articular muscle of elbow,
  3. articular muscle of knee,
  4. articular nerve,
  5. articularly,
  6. articulated,
  7. articulated joint,
  8. articulated lorry,
  9. articulated vehicle,
  10. articulatio

Origin of articulate

First recorded in 1545–55, articulate is from the Latin word articulātus, past participle of articulāre to divide into distinct parts. See article, -ate1

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British Dictionary definitions for articulately


adjective (ɑːˈtɪkjʊlɪt)

able to express oneself fluently and coherentlyan articulate lecturer
having the power of speech
distinct, clear, or definite; well-constructedan articulate voice; an articulate document
zoology (of arthropods and higher vertebrates) possessing joints or jointed segments

verb (ɑːˈtɪkjʊˌleɪt)

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
Derived Formsarticulately, adverbarticulateness or articulacy, noun

Word Origin for articulate

C16: from Latin articulāre to divide into joints; see article

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Word Origin and History for articulately
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Medicine definitions for articulately




Capable of speaking distinctly and connectedly.
Consisting of sections united by joints; jointed.


To speak distinctly and connectedly.
To join or connect together loosely to allow motion between the parts.
To unite by forming a joint or joints.
To form a joint; be jointed.

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