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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb articulate:


Articulate (able to speak clearly and expressively) is considered to be an advanced word, according to the Kaplan GRE Exam Vocabulary in a Box, which includes 500 college- and graduate-level words that frequently appear on the Graduate Record Exam.

Definition of the adjective articulate

What does articulate mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: more articulate / most articulate

  1. expressing yourself easily or characterized by clear expressive language
  2. consisting of segments held together by joints

Alternative definition of the adjective articulate


  1. clear, effective
  2. especially, speaking in a clear or effective manner
  3. able to bend or hinge at certain points or intervals

Definition of the verb articulate

What does articulate mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: articulated | articulating | articulates

  1. provide with a joint
  2. put into words or an expression
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic]Ellen said a few words
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic] to [Recipient]Ellen said a few words to Helen
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, how-extraction]He confessed how she did it | I asked how she did it | I explained how it can be done | John suggested how she could do it
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, quotation]He says, 'It has to go.'
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, that-complement clause]He ordered that he go
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, that-complement clause, not tensed]John suggested that he should go
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, wh-infinitive clause]I asked how to do it | I explained how to do it | John suggested how to do it
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, what-extraction]He asked what he should do | I explained what he should do | John suggested what we should eat
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, what-infinitive clause]He asked what to do | I explained what to do | John suggested what to do
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Recipient] [Topic, quotation]Mr. Jacobson announced to the trading mob: 'We're going to trade on the bell.'

      Verbs of Communication (with the same syntax): advise, announce, blab, blurt, claim, confess, confide, convey, declare, mention, note, observe, proclaim, propose, recount, reiterate, relate, remark, repeat, report, reveal, say, state.

    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonyms of articulate: formulate / give voice / phrase / word
    • more generic words: evince / express / show = give expression to
    • more specific words:
  3. speak, pronounce, or utter in a certain way
  4. unite by forming a joint or joints
    • example: the ankle bone articulates with the leg bones to form the ankle bones
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • more generic terms: connect / join / link / link up / unite = be or become joined or united or linked
  5. express or state clearly

Alternative definition of the verb articulate


  1. To make clear or effective.
  2. To speak clearly; to enunciate.
  3. To explain; to put into words; to make something specific.
  4. To bend or hinge something at intervals, or to allow or build something so that it can bend.
  5. [music] to attack a note, as by tonguing, slurring, bowing, etc.
  6. [anatomy] to form a joint or connect by joints


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  • genre: Party game


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Phrases with Articulate

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Articulate

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Google previewWaccamaw Legacy (2004)

Contemporary Indians Fight for Survival by Patricia Barker Lerch

The word articulate means to “join with or to give expression to a cultural identity as a minority” and is the opposite of assimilate or “to be absorbed into the system, to disappear as a cultural minority” (Lerch 1988:76). The ancestors of the ...

Google previewA Dictionary of the English Language, in which the Words are Deduced from Their Originals ... (1778)

ARTICULATE. a. [from articulus, Lat.] 1. Distinét. Milton. 2. Branched out into articles. Bacon. To ARTICULATE. v. a. [from article.] ...

Google previewA dictionary of the English language. Abstracted from the folio ed., by the author. To which is prefixed, A grammar of the English language (1792)

by Samuel Johnson

ARTICULATE, a. [from articulas, Latin] 1. Distinct. Axil/au 2. Branched out into articles.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Distance Learning (2005)

by Howard, Caroline

This article focuses on why as teacher-educators it is our obligation to articulate our theories of teaching and ...

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All great lovers are articulate, and verbal seduction is the surest road to actual seduction. (Marya Mannes)
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Scrabble value of A1R1T1I1C3U1L1A1T1E1

The value of this 10-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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