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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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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