• (British) enPR: ärtĭ'kyələt, IPA: /ɑː(ɹ)ˈtɪk.jʊ.lət/
  • (America) enPR: ärtĭ'kyələt, IPA: /ɑːɹˈtɪk.jə.lət/


  1. Clear; effective.
  2. Speaking in a clear and effective manner.
    She’s a bright, articulate young woman.
  3. Consisting of segments united by joints.
    The robot arm was articulate in two directions.
    jointed articulate animals
  4. Distinctly marked off.
    an articulate period in history
  5. (obsolete) Expressed in articles or in separate items or particulars.
  6. (obsolete, of sound) Related to human speech, as distinct from the vocalisation of animals.
    • 1728, James Knapton and John Knapton, Cyclopaedia, or an Universal Dictionary of Arts and Sciences, page 146:
      Brutes cannot form articulate Sounds, cannot articulate the Sounds of the Voice, excepting some few Birds, as the Parrot, Pye, &c.
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articulate (plural articulates)

  1. (zoology) An animal of the subkingdom Articulata.
    • 1977, Bulletin of the British Museum (Natural History)
      They considered articulates to be pre-adapted for an eleutherozoic existence because they possess muscular arms which are potentially of value in crawling and swimming, as in comatulids.
  • (British) enPR: ärtĭ'kyəlāt, IPA: /ɑː(ɹ)ˈtɪk.jʊ.leɪt/
  • (America) enPR: ärtĭ'kyəlāt, IPA: /ɑːɹˈtɪk.jə.leɪt/

articulate (articulates, present participle articulating; past and past participle articulated)

  1. To make clear or effective.
  2. To speak clearly; to enunciate.
    I wish he’d articulate his words more clearly.
  3. To explain; to put into words; to make something specific.
    I like this painting, but I can’t articulate why.
  4. To bend or hinge something at intervals, or to allow or build something so that it can bend.
    an articulated bus
  5. (music) to attack a note, as by tonguing, slurring, bowing, etc.
    Articulate that passage heavily.
  6. (anatomy) to form a joint or connect by joints
    The lower jaw articulates with the skull at the temporomandibular joint.
  7. (obsolete) To treat or make terms.
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