What does articulate mean?

Definitions for articulate
ɑrˈtɪk yə lɪt; -ˌleɪtar·tic·u·late

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. articulateadjective

    expressing yourself easily or characterized by clear expressive language

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

  2. articulated, articulateverb

    consisting of segments held together by joints

  3. joint, articulateverb

    provide with a joint

    "the carpenter jointed two pieces of wood"

  4. give voice, formulate, word, phrase, articulateverb

    put into words or an expression

    "He formulated his concerns to the board of trustees"

  5. pronounce, articulate, enounce, sound out, enunciate, sayverb

    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. articulateverb

    unite by forming a joint or joints

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

  7. articulate, enunciate, vocalize, vocaliseverb

    express or state clearly

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Articulateadjective

    Etymology: from articulus, Lat.

    In speaking under water, when the voice is reduced to an extreme exility, yet the articulate sounds, the words, are not confounded. Francis Bacon, Nat. Hist. №. 195.

    The first, at least, of these I thought deny’d
    To beasts; whom God, on their creation-day,
    Created mute to all articulate sound. John Milton, Parad. Lost.

    His instructions were extreme curious and articulate; and, in them, more articles touching inquisition, than negotiation: requiring from his ambassadors an answer in distinct articles to his questions. Francis Bacon, Henry VII.

  2. To Articulateverb

    Etymology: from article.

    The dogmatist knows not by what art he directs his tongue, in articulating sounds into voices. Joseph Glanvill, Scepsis Scientifica.

    Parisian academists, in their anatomy of apes, tell us, that the muscles of the tongue, which do most serve to articulate a word, were wholly like to those of man. John Ray, on Creation.

    They would advance in knowledge, and not deceive themselves with a little articulated air. John Locke.

    These things, indeed, you have articulated,
    Proclaim’d at market-crosses, read in churches,
    To face the garment of rebellion
    With some fine colour. William Shakespeare, Henry IV.

    Send us to Rome
    The best, with whom we may articulate
    For their own good and ours. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.


  1. articulate

    Articulate can be defined as the ability to express thoughts, ideas, or feelings clearly and effectively in speech or writing. It involves being able to communicate and convey information or opinions in a coherent and logical manner. An articulate person is able to express themselves in a concise and fluent manner, making their points or arguments easily understandable to others.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Articulateadjective

    expressed in articles or in separate items or particulars

  2. Articulateadjective

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

  3. Articulateadjective

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

  4. Articulatenoun

    an animal of the subkingdom Articulata

  5. Articulateverb

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

  6. Articulateverb

    to treat or make terms

  7. Articulateverb

    to join or be connected by articulation

  8. Articulateverb

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

  9. Articulateverb

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

  10. Articulateverb

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

  11. Articulateverb

    to express distinctly; to give utterance to

  12. Etymology: [L. articulatus. See Articulata.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Articulate

    är-tik′ūl-āt, adj. distinct: clear.—v.t. to joint: to form into distinct sounds, syllables, or words.—v.i. to speak distinctly.—adv. Artic′ulately.—ns. Artic′ulateness; Articulā′tion, a joining as of the bones: part between two joints: distinctness, or distinct utterance: a consonant; Artic′ulator, one who articulates or speaks: one who articulates bones and mounts skeletons. [L. articulāre, -ātum, to furnish with joints, to utter distinctly. See Article.]


  1. Articulate

    that branch of the animal kingdom whose members are made up of rings, segments or articulations.

  2. Articulate

    divided into joints or segments.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of articulate in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of articulate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of articulate in a Sentence

  1. Janice Johnson Dias:

    The interest and support has been incredible, as a parent, it's been great to watch her step into the spotlight and articulate her goals.

  2. Robert Mueller:

    You could be smart, aggressive, articulate, indeed persuasive, but if you are not honest, your reputation will suffer, and once lost, a good reputation can never, ever be regained. The saying goes: If you have integrity, nothing else matters, and if you do not have integrity, nothing else matters.

  3. Adam Schiff:

    Ultimately the speaker and the chair decide who they want to run this investigation and they'll have to articulate why and how they feel that can be done credibly, but our job is to do everything in our power to be responsible to go forward and be constructive and that's what we're doing.

  4. Paul Thomas:

    He has struggled to articulate a policy vision, and that has seemed to hurt.

  5. The President:

    When I see you, I think about my own youth because I wasn't that different from you -- probably not as articulate and maybe more of a goof-off, but the main difference was I lived in a more forgiving environment. but what I also want to say to you is that you're really important to the future of this country.

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  • يتكلم بوArabic
  • съединявам, шарнирен, свързвам, отчетлив, произнасям ясно, членоразделен, ставен, артикулирам, ясен, изяснявамBulgarian
  • articulatCatalan, Valencian
  • artikulovatCzech
  • effektiv, redegewandt, betonen, klar, ausdrücken, artikulierenGerman
  • αρθρώνωGreek
  • articulado, elocuente, claro, articular, vocalizar, articularseSpanish
  • بیانPersian
  • ääntää selvästi, niveltää, artikuloidaFinnish
  • articuler, éloquente, éloquent, articulé, clairFrench
  • pongail, siùbhlachScottish Gaelic
  • világos, érthető, artikuláltHungarian
  • հոդաբաշխArmenian
  • pandai berbicaraIndonesian
  • artikularIdo
  • chiaro, eloquenteItalian
  • klaar, geärticuleerd, taalvaardig, efficiënt, gelede, benadrukken, uitdrukken, welbespraakt, uitspreken, uitleggen, duidelijk, articuleren, geleed, verzorgenDutch
  • artikulereNorwegian
  • articulaRomanian
  • членораздельный, выразительныйRussian
  • 說出Chinese

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    living by preying on other animals especially by catching living prey
    A ultimo
    B ravening
    C tacky
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