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Meaning of articulate by Wiktionary Dictionary


    Etymology 1

    Latin articulātus


    • ( UK ) enPR: ärtĭ'kyələt, IPA: /ɑː( ɹ )ˈtɪk.jʊ.lət/, X-SAMPA: /A:( r\ )"tIk.jU.l@t/
    • ( US ) enPR: ärtĭ'kyələt, IPA: /ɑːɹˈtɪk.jə.lət/, X-SAMPA: /A:r\"tIk.j@.l@t/


    articulate ( comparative more articulate, superlative most articulate )

    1. clear, effective
    2. especially, speaking in a clear or effective manner
      She’s a bright, articulate young woman .
    3. able to bend or hinge at certain points or intervals
      The robot arm was articulate in two directions .

    Etymology 2

    From the adjective .


    • ( UK ) enPR: ärtĭ'kyəlāt, IPA: /ɑː( ɹ )ˈtɪk.jʊ.leɪt/, X-SAMPA: /A:( r\ )"tIk.jU.leIt/
    • ( US ) enPR: ärtĭ'kyəlāt, IPA: /ɑːɹˈtɪk.jə.leɪt/, X-SAMPA: /A:r\"tIk.j@.leIt/


    articulate ( third-person singular simple present articulates present participle articulating, simple past and past participle articulated )

    1. To make clear or effective .
    2. To speak clearly; to enunciate .
      I wish he’d articulate his words more clearly .
    3. To explain; to put into words; to make something specific .
      I like this painting, but I can’t articulate why .
    4. To bend or hinge something at intervals, or to allow or build something so that it can bend .
      an articulated bus
    5. ( music ) to attack a note, as by tonguing, slurring, bowing, etc .
      Articulate that passage heavily .
    6. ( anatomy ) to form a joint or connect by joints
      The lower jaw articulates with the skull at the temporomandibular joint .
    Derived terms
    • articulable
    Related terms
    • articulation

    External links

    • articulate in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • articulate in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

Explanation of articulate by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. express or state clearly

    2. speak, pronounce, or utter in a certain way

    3. put into words or an expression

    4. provide with a joint

    5. unite by forming a joint or joints

    6. the ankle bone articulates with the leg bones to form the ankle bones
    1. expressing yourself easily or characterized by clear expressive language

    2. articulate speech
      an articulate orator
      articulate beings
    3. consisting of segments held together by joints

    Definition of articulate by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Articulate a. [L. articulatus. See Articulata.]
      1. Expressed in articles or in separate items or particulars. [Archaic] Bacon.

      2. Jointed; formed with joints; consisting of segments united by joints; as, “articulate animals or plants”.

      3. Distinctly uttered; spoken so as to be intelligible; characterized by division into words and syllables; as, “articulate speech, sounds, words”.

      Total changes of party and articulate opinion. Carlyle.

    2. Articulate, n. ( Zool. ) An animal of the subkingdom Articulata.

    3. Articulate v. i. [imp. & p. p. Articulated ( ); p. pr. & vb. n. Articulating ( )].
      1. To utter articulate sounds; to utter the elementary sounds of a language; to enunciate; to speak distinctly.

      2. To treat or make terms. [Obs.] Shak.

      3. To join or be connected by articulation.

    4. Articulate, v. t.
      1. To joint; to unite by means of a joint; to put together with joints or at the joints.

      2. To draw up or write in separate articles; to particularize; to specify. [Obs.]

      3. To form, as the elementary sounds; to utter in distinct syllables or words; to enunciate; as, “to articulate letters or language”. “To articulate a word.” Ray.

      4. To express distinctly; to give utterance to.

      Luther articulated himself upon a process that hand already begun in the Christian church. Bibliotheca Sacra.

      To . . . articulate the dumb, deep want of the people. Carlyle.