articulate

To articulate is to say something. And, if you say it well, someone might praise you by saying you are articulate. Confused yet? It's all in the pronunciation.

Reach for articulate when you need an adjective meaning "well-spoken" (pronounced ar-TIC-yuh-lit) or a verb (ar-TIC-yuh-late) meaning "to speak or express yourself clearly." The key to understanding articulate's many uses is to think of the related noun article: an articulate person clearly pronounces each article of his or her speech (that is, each word and syllable), and an articulated joint is divided up into distinct articles, or parts.

Primary Meanings of articulate

1.
vadj
express or state clearly
expressing yourself easily or characterized by clear expressive language
2.
adjv
consisting of segments held together by joints
provide with a joint
Full Definitions of articulate
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v express or state clearly

Synonyms:
enunciate, vocalise, vocalize
Type of:
say, state, tell
express in words

v speak, pronounce, or utter in a certain way

Synonyms:
enounce, enunciate, pronounce, say, sound out
Types:
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twang
pronounce with a nasal twang
devoice
utter with tense vocal chords
raise
pronounce (vowels) by bringing the tongue closer to the roof of the mouth
lilt
articulate in a very careful and rhythmic way
palatalise, palatalize
pronounce a consonant with the tongue against the palate
nasalise, nasalize
pronounce with a lowered velum
nasalise, nasalize
speak nasally or through the nose
mispronounce, misspeak
pronounce a word incorrectly
aspirate
pronounce with aspiration; of stop sounds
sound, vocalise, vocalize, voice
utter with vibrating vocal chords
retroflex
articulate (a consonant) with the tongue curled back against the palate
subvocalise, subvocalize
articulate without making audible sounds
syllabise, syllabize
utter with distinct articulation of each syllable
drawl
lengthen and slow down or draw out
labialise, labialize, round
pronounce with rounded lips
lisp
speak with a lisp
accent, accentuate, stress
put stress on; utter with an accent
vocalise, vocalize, vowelise, vowelize
pronounce as a vowel
click
produce a click
trill
pronounce with a trill, of the phoneme `r'
sibilate
pronounce with an initial sibilant
flap
pronounce with a flap, of alveolar sounds
explode
cause to burst as a result of air pressure; of stop consonants like /p/, /t/, and /k/
roll
pronounce with a roll, of the phoneme /r/
chirk
make a shrill creaking, squeaking, or noise, as of a door, mouse, or bird
quaver, waver
give off unsteady sounds, alternating in amplitude or frequency

v put into words or an expression

Synonyms:
formulate, give voice, phrase, word
Types:
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ask
direct or put; seek an answer to
lexicalise, lexicalize
make or coin into a word or accept a new word into the lexicon of a language
dogmatise, dogmatize
state as a dogma
formularise, formularize
express as a formula
cast, couch, frame, put, redact
formulate in a particular style or language
Type of:
evince, express, show
give expression to

adj expressing yourself easily or characterized by clear expressive language

articulate speech”
“an articulate orator”
articulate beings”
Synonyms:
eloquent, facile, fluent, silver, silver-tongued, smooth-spoken
expressing yourself readily, clearly, effectively
speech-endowed
capable of speech
well-spoken
speaking or spoken fittingly or pleasingly
communicative, communicatory
able or tending to communicate
spoken
uttered through the medium of speech or characterized by speech; sometimes used in combination
Antonyms:
inarticulate, unarticulate
without or deprived of the use of speech or words
aphasic
unable to speak because of a brain lesion
aphonic, voiceless
being without sound through injury or illness and thus incapable of all but whispered speech
dumb, mute, silent
unable to speak because of hereditary deafness
dumb
lacking the power of human speech
incoherent, tongue-tied
unable to express yourself clearly or fluently
mute, tongueless, unspoken, wordless
expressed without speech
dumb, speechless
temporarily incapable of speaking
unarticulated
uttered without the use of normal words or syllables
incommunicative, uncommunicative
not inclined to talk or give information or express opinions
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adj consisting of segments held together by joints

Synonyms:
articulated
jointed
having joints or jointed segments;
Antonyms:
unarticulated
not consisting of segments that are held together by joints
unjointed
without joints or jointed segments
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v provide with a joint

Synonyms:
joint
Type of:
furnish, provide, render, supply
give something useful or necessary to

v unite by forming a joint or joints

“the ankle bone articulates with the leg bones to form the ankle bones”
Type of:
connect, join, link, link up, unite
be or become joined or united or linked

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