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
In one sentence, he treated us like adults and confirmed what I had struggled to articulate on the radio.
A big part of The Trade Desk’s success since its IPO four years ago has been how it articulated its intrinsic value to the industry.Cheatsheet: PubMatic plots path to growth as a public ad tech vendor | Seb Joseph | December 10, 2020 | Digiday
These are articulate, well-researched works with concrete and valuable lessons that can be applied to your professional life.
Thus far, James had fumbled at articulating a true American cooking.To Find Hope in American Cooking, James Beard Looked to the West Coast | John Birdsall | October 2, 2020 | Eater
Memory of past and foresight of future convert dumbness to some degree of articulateness.Human Nature and Conduct | John Dewey
The night wind rustled in the corn with a crisp articulateness he had never noticed in daytime, and he felt like an eavesdropper.Hooking Watermelons | Edward Bellamy
It therefore fails altogether, I suggest, to carry on the progress of music towards greater articulateness.Musical Criticisms | Arthur Johnstone
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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