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English adjective: articulate

1. articulate expressing yourself easily or characterized by clear expressive language


SamplesArticulate speech.
An articulate orator.
Articulate beings.


Similareloquent, facile, fluent, silver, silver-tongued, smooth-spoken, speech-endowed, well-spoken


See alsocommunicative, communicatory, spoken


Antonymsinarticulate, unarticulate

2. articulate consisting of segments held together by joints


Synonymsarticulated


Similarjointed


Antonymsunarticulated


English verb: articulate

1. articulate (possession) provide with a joint


SamplesThe carpenter jointed two pieces of wood.


Synonymsjoint


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)furnish, provide, render, supply


Domain categorycarpentry, woodwork, woodworking

2. articulate (communication) put into words or an expression


SamplesHe formulated his concerns to the board of trustees.


Synonymsformulate, give voice, phrase, word


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)evince, express, show


Narrower (hyponym)ask, cast, couch, dogmatise, dogmatize, formularise, formularize, frame, lexicalise, lexicalize, put, redact

3. articulate (communication) speak, pronounce, or utter in a certain way


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


Synonymsenounce, enunciate, pronounce, say, sound out


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Narrower (hyponym)accent, accentuate, aspirate, click, devoice, drawl, explode, flap, labialise, labialize, lilt, lisp, mispronounce, misspeak, nasalise, nasalise, nasalize, nasalize, palatalise, palatalize, raise, retroflex, roll, round, sibilate, sound, stress, subvocalise, subvocalize, syllabise, syllabize, trill, twang, vocalise, vocalise, vocalize, vocalize, voice, vowelise, vowelize


Entailmouth, speak, talk, utter, verbalise, verbalize

4. articulate (stative) unite by forming a joint or joints


SamplesThe ankle bone articulates with the leg bones to form the ankle bones.


Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP


Broader (hypernym)connect, join, link, link up, unite

5. articulate (communication) express or state clearly


Synonymsenunciate, vocalise, vocalize


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)say, state, tell









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