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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




English verb: articulate

1. articulate (possession) provide with a joint

SamplesThe carpenter jointed two pieces of wood.


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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