Definition of articulate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ärˈtikyələt/
1(Of a person or a person’s words) having or showing the ability to speak fluently and coherently: an articulate account of their experiences
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  • She said that he was a coherent, intelligent and articulate man but one with a tendency to ramble on.
  • There, I spoke to an articulate grown-up, who took no more than two minutes to explain that the GPRS is still linked to the SIM in my old phone, but should be activated on my new one by tomorrow evening.
  • He was an extremely articulate and coherent person - he knew what he wanted, he knew why he was doing it, and he didn't see why people should have a problem with it.
eloquent, fluent, effective, persuasive, lucid, expressive, silver-tongued;
intelligible, comprehensible, understandable
2Having joints or jointed segments.
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  • However, megalichthyids are unique in having the anal fin articulate with the spine at a position well posterior to the articulation of the second dorsal.
  • The epipodials are parallel, and both articulate with identifiable tarsal elements.
  • In the most recent classification they are considered a distinct class related to the articulate line.
2.1 Zoology Denoting a brachiopod that has projections and sockets that form a hinge joining the two halves of the shell.
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  • Billingsella in contrast has a laminar secondary shell characteristic of other, quite distinct, groups of articulate brachiopods.
  • The Atdabanian epoch saw the emergence of the calcareous shelled Nisusiidae, the earliest and most primitive of the articulate brachiopods.
  • The articulate brachiopods, which would dominate the marine environment in the later Paleozoic, were still relatively rare and not especially diverse.


Pronunciation: /ärˈtikyəˌlāt/
1 [with object] Express (an idea or feeling) fluently and coherently: they were unable to articulate their emotions
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  • Your answers on the test indicate you're great at expressing yourself and can be at your best when articulating your ideas or communicating with others.
  • He is paralyzed by his inability to communicate or articulate his feelings.
  • Even before the arrival of the Jesuits, many Christians in the East used local language and ideas to articulate their faith.
express, voice, vocalize, put in words, communicate, state;
air, ventilate, vent, pour out;
informal come out with
1.1Pronounce (something) clearly and distinctly: he articulated each word with precision [no object]: people who do not articulate well are more difficult to lip-read
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  • The built-in voice chip clearly articulates the word or phrase in the chosen language.
  • She had a thick Chechen accent but she articulated each word clearly.
  • He thinks about matters from his perspective sensibly and clearly, and articulates them well.
2 [no object] Form a joint: the mandible is a solid piece articulating with the head
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  • At the lateral angle of the scapula, just inferior to the acromion, is a depression called the glenoid cavity which contributes to the shoulder joint by articulating with the head of the humerus.
  • A sesamoid bone may be found in the superior peroneal retinaculum, articulating with the lateral malleolus.
  • The femur, in the thigh, articulates at the hip joint with the pelvic girdle, linking the legs to the vertebral column via the sacro-iliac joints.
2.1 (be articulated) Be connected by joints: the wing is articulated to the thorax
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  • Tower and wing are connected and articulated by a hinge point of vertical circulation, with a lift placed outside the building to minimize structural intrusion.
  • Half a pig skull, articulated with its mandible (lower jaw) and atlas (top neck vertebra), and a pig humerus were found near the man's upper left forearm.
  • This Troodon was an adult whose bones were still partly articulated, or joined together, a prize compared to the scattered and jumbled remains we were used to finding.



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  • The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office policy states that for an officer to use the Taser, an individual must pose ‘an articulable threat to the officer and/or another person.’
  • Mann, Broch, Musil, Schnitzler, Doblin, Stefan Zweig, and Joseph Roth all oriented themselves around fairly articulable ideologies, some more complex than others.
  • They may not stop your car without some articulable individualized suspicion, or search your apartment without probable cause (a higher standard) and a warrant.


Pronunciation: /ärˈtikyələsē/
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  • His transition from music to speech seemed almost effortless, highlighting his under-rated articulacy and revealing a hitherto unseen capacity for empathy during interviews for his award-winning Home Truths programme.
  • I'm looking for people with interest and attitude and a level of articulacy; an ability to communicate well.
  • It need hardly be said that Vogts speaks far better English than most of us do German, but top-class management demands an articulacy which will enable a man to put himself across quickly and clearly in noisy, hectic dressing-rooms.


Pronunciation: /ärˈtikyələtlē/
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  • Special mention goes out to supporting cast member Jennifer Scullion, whose portrayal of Carson, the truth-twisting prosecutor, was articulately brilliant, poised and polished.
  • I will stick with the facts and state our position articulately and I know that the British people will respond to that,’ he says.
  • ‘Anybody who stood up to McCarthy in closed session, and did so articulately, tended not to get called up into the public session,’ Ritchie said.


Pronunciation: /ärˈtikyələtnəs/
Example sentences
  • And what about Brown's mild-mannered demeanour, wondered Gray; could his intelligence and articulateness have been detrimental to doing the job properly?
  • But he was the first candidate I campaigned for as an adolescent, and I still admire his articulateness and vigor.
  • I vehemently reject the equation of articulateness with intelligence.


Mid 16th century: from Latin articulatus, past participle of articulare 'divide into joints, utter distinctly', from articulus 'small connecting part' (see article).

Words that rhyme with articulate

gesticulate, matriculate

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Syllabification: ar·tic·u·late

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