articulate Definition

  • 1having or showing the ability to speak fluently and coherently
  • 2expressing an idea or feeling clearly and effectively
  • 3jointed; divided into distinct parts

Using articulate: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "articulate" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She is an articulate speaker who can convey complex ideas with ease.

  • Example

    He was able to articulate his thoughts and feelings in a way that everyone could understand.

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    The skeleton of the bird was very articulate, with each bone fitting perfectly into the next.

articulate Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with articulate

  • to express or explain a problem clearly and effectively


    We need to articulate the problem before we can begin to solve it.

  • articulate one's thoughts

    to express one's thoughts or ideas clearly and effectively


    It's important to be able to articulate your thoughts when giving a presentation.

  • someone who is able to express themselves clearly and effectively


    She is an articulate person who can make her point clearly and convincingly.

Origins of articulate

from Latin 'articulatus', past participle of 'articulare', meaning 'to divide into joints'


Summary: articulate in Brief

To be 'articulate' [ɑːrˈtɪkjʊlət] means to have the ability to speak fluently and coherently, or to express an idea or feeling clearly and effectively. It can also refer to something that is jointed or divided into distinct parts. Phrases like 'articulate the problem' and 'articulate one's thoughts' use 'articulate' to denote clear and effective expression. Synonyms include 'eloquent' and 'persuasive,' while antonyms include 'inarticulate' and 'unintelligible.'

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