Other forms: articulated; articulating; articulates

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.

Definitions of articulate
  1. verb
    express or state clearly
    synonyms: enunciate, vocalise, vocalize
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    say, state, tell
    express in words
  2. verb
    speak, pronounce, or utter in a certain way
    synonyms: enounce, enunciate, pronounce, say, sound out
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    pronounce with a nasal twang
    utter with tense vocal chords
    pronounce (vowels) by bringing the tongue closer to the roof of the mouth
    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
    pronounce with aspiration; of stop sounds
    sound, vocalise, vocalize, voice
    utter with vibrating vocal chords
    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
    lengthen and slow down or draw out
    labialise, labialize, round
    pronounce with rounded lips
    speak with a lisp
    accent, accentuate, stress
    put stress on; utter with an accent
    vocalise, vocalize, vowelise, vowelize
    pronounce as a vowel
    produce a click
    pronounce with a trill, of the phoneme `r'
    pronounce with an initial sibilant
    pronounce with a flap, of alveolar sounds
    cause to burst as a result of air pressure; of stop consonants like /p/, /t/, and /k/
    pronounce with a roll, of the phoneme /r/
    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
  3. verb
    put into words or an expression
    synonyms: formulate, give voice, phrase, word
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    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
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    evince, express, show
    give expression to
  4. verb
    provide with a joint
    synonyms: joint
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    furnish, provide, render, supply
    give something useful or necessary to
  5. verb
    unite by forming a joint or joints
    “the ankle bone articulates with the leg bones to form the ankle bones”
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    connect, join, link, link up, unite
    be or become joined or united or linked
Definitions of articulate
  1. adjective
    expressing yourself easily or characterized by clear expressive language
    articulate speech”
    “an articulate orator”
    articulate beings”
    eloquent, facile, fluent, silver, silver-tongued, smooth-spoken
    expressing yourself readily, clearly, effectively
    capable of speech
    speaking or spoken fittingly or pleasingly
    communicative, communicatory
    able or tending to communicate
    uttered through the medium of speech or characterized by speech; sometimes used in combination
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    inarticulate, unarticulate
    without or deprived of the use of speech or words
    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
    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
    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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  2. adjective
    consisting of segments held together by joints
    synonyms: articulated
    having joints or jointed segments;
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    not consisting of segments that are held together by joints
    without joints or jointed segments
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