UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsadjective: /ɑːrˈtɪkjʊlət/, verb: /ɑːrˈtɪkjuleɪt/

US:USA pronuncation: IPAUSA pronuncation: IPA/adj. ɑrˈtɪkyəlɪt; v. -ˌleɪt/

US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(adj., n. är tikyə lit; v. är tikyə lāt′)

Inflections of 'articulate' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
v 3rd person singular
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
ar•tic•u•late /adj. ɑrˈtɪkyəlɪt; v. -ˌleɪt/USA pronunciation   adj., v.,  -lat•ed, -lat•ing. 
  1. (of speech or speech sounds) pronounced clearly and distinctly:articulate pronunciation.
  2. capable of, expressed with, or showing clarity:the candidate's articulate speech.
  3. Zoology having joints or parts that are joined:[before a noun]articulate segments of a worm.

  1. to pronounce (speech sounds) clearly and distinctly: [no object]She articulated so as to be understood.[~ + object]She articulated the vowels carefully.
  2. to put (an idea) clearly into speech:[~ + object]articulated his philosophy clearly.
  3. to unite by a joint or joints: [no object]The shoulder and arm bones articulate.[~ + object]The bones are articulated.
ar•tic•u•late•ly, adv. 
ar•tic•u•late•ness, n. [uncountable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
ar•tic•u•late  (adj., n. är tikyə lit;v. är tikyə lāt′),USA pronunciation adj., v.,  -lat•ed, -lat•ing, n. 
  1. uttered clearly in distinct syllables.
  2. capable of speech;
    not speechless.
  3. using language easily and fluently;
    having facility with words:an articulate speaker.
  4. expressed, formulated, or presented with clarity and effectiveness:an articulate thought.
  5. made clear, distinct, and precise in relation to other parts:an articulate form;an articulate shape;an articulate area.
  6. (of ideas, form, etc.) having a meaningful relation to other parts:an articulate image.
  7. having parts or distinct areas organized into a coherent or meaningful whole;
    unified:an articulate system of philosophy.
  8. Zoologyhaving joints or articulations;
    composed of segments.

  1. to utter clearly and distinctly;
    pronounce with clarity.
  2. Phoneticsto make the movements and adjustments of the speech organs necessary to utter (a speech sound).
  3. to give clarity or distinction to:to articulate a shape; to articulate an idea.
  4. [Dentistry.]to subject to articulation.
  5. to unite by a joint or joints.
  6. to reveal or make distinct:an injection to articulate arteries so that obstructions can be observed by x-ray.

  1. to pronounce clearly each of a succession of speech sounds, syllables, or words;
    enunciate:to articulate with excessive precision.
  2. Phoneticsto articulate a speech sound.
  3. Zoology[Anat., Zool.]to form a joint.
  4. [Obs.]to make terms of agreement.

  1. a segmented invertebrate.
ar•tic•u•la•ble  (adj., n. är tikyə lit;v. är tikyə lāt′),USA pronunciation adj.  ar•ticu•late•ly, adv. 
ar•ticu•late•ness, ar•tic•u•la•cy  (adj., n. är tikyə lit;v. är tikyə lāt′),USA pronunciation n.  ar•tic•u•la•tive  (adj., n. är tikyə lit;v. är tikyə lāt′),USA pronunciation adj. 
  • Latin articulātus, past participle of articulāre to divide into distinct parts. See article, -ate1
  • 1545–55
    • 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged expressive. See  eloquent. 
    • 9.See corresponding entry in Unabridged enunciate.
    • 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged inarticulate, unintelligible.
    • 9.See corresponding entry in Unabridged mumble.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
articulate adj /ɑːˈtɪkjʊlɪt/
  1. able to express oneself fluently and coherently: an articulate lecturer
  2. having the power of speech
  3. distinct, clear, or definite; well-constructed: an articulate voice, an articulate document
  4. (of arthropods and higher vertebrates) possessing joints or jointed segments
vb /ɑːˈtɪkjʊˌleɪt/
  1. to speak or enunciate (words, syllables, etc) clearly and distinctly
  2. (transitive) to express coherently in words
Etymology: 16th Century: from Latin articulāre to divide into joints; see article

arˈticulately adv arˈticulateness, arˈticulacy n
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