Definitions for articulateɑrˈtɪk yə lɪt; -ˌleɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ar•tic•u•late*ɑrˈtɪk yə lɪt; -ˌleɪt(adj.; v.)-lat•ed, -lat•ing.

  1. (adj.)uttered clearly in distinct syllables.

  2. capable of speech.

  3. using language easily and fluently.

  4. expressed or presented with clarity and effectiveness.

  5. clear, distinct, and precise in relation to other parts:

    an articulate shape.

  6. organized into a coherent whole:

    an articulate system of philosophy.

  7. having joints, segments, or articulations.

    Category: Zoology

  8. (v.t.)to pronounce clearly and distinctly.

  9. to make the movements and adjustments of the speech organs necessary to utter (a speech sound).

    Category: Phonetics

  10. to give clarity or coherence to:

    to articulate an idea.

  11. to unite by a joint or joints.

  12. (v.i.)to pronounce clearly each of a succession of speech sounds, syllables, or words.

  13. to articulate a speech sound.

    Category: Phonetics

  14. to form a joint.

    Category: Zoology

* Syn: See eloquent.

Origin of articulate:

1545–55; < L articulātus, ptp. of articulāre to divide into distinct parts. See article , -ate1


Princeton's WordNet

  1. articulate(adj)

    expressing yourself easily or characterized by clear expressive language

    "articulate speech"; "an articulate orator"; "articulate beings"

  2. articulated, articulate(verb)

    consisting of segments held together by joints

  3. joint, articulate(verb)

    provide with a joint

    "the carpenter jointed two pieces of wood"

  4. give voice, formulate, word, phrase, articulate(verb)

    put into words or an expression

    "He formulated his concerns to the board of trustees"

  5. pronounce, articulate, enounce, sound out, enunciate, say(verb)

    speak, pronounce, or utter in a certain way

    "She pronounces French words in a funny way"; "I cannot say `zip wire'"; "Can the child sound out this complicated word?"

  6. articulate(verb)

    unite by forming a joint or joints

    "the ankle bone articulates with the leg bones to form the ankle bones"

  7. articulate, enunciate, vocalize, vocalise(verb)

    express or state clearly

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. articulate(adjective)ɑrˈtɪk yə lɪt; v. -ˌleɪt

    ≠ inarticulate

    intelligent and articulate

  2. articulate(verb)ɑrˈtɪk yə lɪt; v. -ˌleɪt

    to express sth clearly

    He failed to articulate the problem.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Articulate(adj)

    expressed in articles or in separate items or particulars

  2. Articulate(adj)

    jointed; formed with joints; consisting of segments united by joints; as, articulate animals or plants

  3. Articulate(adj)

    distinctly uttered; spoken so as to be intelligible; characterized by division into words and syllables; as, articulate speech, sounds, words

  4. Articulate(noun)

    an animal of the subkingdom Articulata

  5. Articulate(verb)

    to utter articulate sounds; to utter the elementary sounds of a language; to enunciate; to speak distinctly

  6. Articulate(verb)

    to treat or make terms

  7. Articulate(verb)

    to join or be connected by articulation

  8. Articulate(verb)

    to joint; to unite by means of a joint; to put together with joints or at the joints

  9. Articulate(verb)

    to draw up or write in separate articles; to particularize; to specify

  10. Articulate(verb)

    to form, as the elementary sounds; to utter in distinct syllables or words; to enunciate; as, to articulate letters or language

  11. Articulate(verb)

    to express distinctly; to give utterance to

Translations for articulate

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


able to express one's thoughts clearly

He's unusually articulate for a three-year-old child.

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