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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 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
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 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
  • His mouth twitched, and his parched tongue seemed unable to articulate.
    Wilde, Oscar  --  The Picture Of Dorian Gray
  • Maximilian tried to speak, but he could articulate nothing; he staggered, and supported himself against the wainscot.
    Dumas, Alexandre  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • He was quite beside himself, and could hardly articulate his words for rage.
    Dostoyevsky, Fyodor  --  The Idiot
  • Love came into the world before articulate speech, and in its own early youth it had learned ways and means that it had never forgotten.
    London, Jack  --  Martin Eden
  • Science is nothing but developed perception, interpreted intent, common sense rounded out and minutely articulated.
    George Santayana
  • And then, as he made no articulate reply, "It will be time, I think, to understand each other," I continued.
    Stevenson, Robert Louis  --  Kidnapped
  • "Your arguments are too- -er—forcible," I managed to articulate, at cost of great pain to my aching throat.
    London, Jack  --  The Sea Wolf
  • The notes are almost articulate.
    Emerson, Ralph Waldo  --  Essays, First Series
  • At five months of age he used to get into such passions that he was unable to articulate.
    Poe, Edgar Allan  --  Poems
  • Conseil could articulate some words, and I heard him repeat at intervals, "Help"...
    Verne, Jules  --  20,000 Leagues Under The Sea
  • And now, sir,' said Venus, 'having prepared your mind in the rough, I will articulate the details.
    Dickens, Charles  --  Our Mutual Friend

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