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Definition the act of or ability of clearly expressing with words; or to clearly express with words
The exact meaning of this sense of articulate depends upon its context. For example:
  • "She is articulate and persuasive." — well-spoken (expresses her ideas clearly)
  • "She articulated what everyone was thinking." — said aloud
  • "After the stroke, she had to learn to articulate her consonants." — speak distinctly (so each word can be understood)

Less commonly, articulate can reference jointed segments (including bones). For example:
  • "Can she fully articulate the joint?" — move at a joint
  • "The articulated bus can be longer without requiring a wider turning radius." — formed with joints to allow movement
  • He is thoughtful and articulate.
articulate = has the ability to clearly express things with words
  • Alexey Alexandrovitch was speaking so quickly that he stammered, and was utterly unable to articulate the word suffering.
    Tolstoy, Leo  --  Anna Karenina
  • Suddenly Mayella became articulate.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • articulate = expressive with words
  • I could not have articulated this, not as I sweated through those searing afternoons in the forklift.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
  • articulated = clearly expressed with words
  • Some of the pigs themselves, however, were more articulate.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • articulate = clear in expressing (themselves)
  • I have my own ideas, plans and ideals, but am unable to articulate them yet.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • articulate = clearly express
  • Phillips was an amiable man and was, judging by his letters, highly articulate, but he preferred not to speak.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • articulate = clear in expressing (himself)
  • I soon perceived that although the stranger uttered articulate sounds and appeared to have a language of her own, she was neither understood by nor herself understood the cottagers.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • articulate = expressing meaning
  • He was too young to articulate exactly what was wrong with every picture; he just knew they weren't right.
    Todd Burpo  --  Heaven Is for Real
  • articulate = clearly express
  • She kept saying it was an "articulate" film. ... The thing is, I didn't know what it said even if it said it very well.
    Stephen Chbosky  --  The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • articulate = clearly expressed a message (or messages)
  • Yeah, I was so articulate.
    Sherman Alexie  --  The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
  • articulate = clear in expressing (himself)
  • I couldn't articulate how the name made me feel.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
  • articulate = clearly express with words
  • Jem became vaguely articulate: " 'd you see him, Scout? d you see him just standin' there?"
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • articulate = able to speak
  • What followed was a six-week frenzy of killing that defies articulation.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • articulation = description with words
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • The Castle of Dracula now stood out against the red sky, and every stone of its broken battlements was articulated against the light of the setting sun.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • articulated = clearly seen
  • He was alone, and met her instantly; and she found herself pressed to his heart with only these words, just articulate, "My Fanny, my only sister; my only comfort now!"
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • articulate = clearly expressed
  • The recurrent economic crises of past times were totally unnecessary and are not now permitted to happen, but other and equally large dislocations can and do happen without having political results, because there is no way in which discontent can become articulate.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • articulate = clearly expressed
  • I found that these people possessed a method of communicating their experience and feelings to one another by articulate sounds.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • articulate = the ability to express meaning with
  • "Oh, God, God, God ..." the Savage kept repeating to himself. In the chaos of grief and remorse that filled his mind it was the one articulate word.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • articulate = clearly express
  • His mouth twitched, and his parched tongue seemed unable to articulate.
    Wilde, Oscar  --  The Picture Of Dorian Gray

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