Definition of articulate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    articulate

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    BrE BrE//ɑːˈtɪkjuleɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɑːrˈtɪkjuleɪt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they articulate
    BrE BrE//ɑːˈtɪkjuleɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɑːrˈtɪkjuleɪt//
     
    he / she / it articulates
    BrE BrE//ɑːˈtɪkjuleɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɑːrˈtɪkjuleɪts//
     
    past simple articulated
    BrE BrE//ɑːˈtɪkjuleɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɑːrˈtɪkjuleɪtɪd//
     
    past participle articulated
    BrE BrE//ɑːˈtɪkjuleɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɑːrˈtɪkjuleɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form articulating
    BrE BrE//ɑːˈtɪkjuleɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɑːrˈtɪkjuleɪtɪŋ//
     
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  1. 1[transitive] articulate something (to somebody) (formal) to express or explain your thoughts or feelings clearly in words She struggled to articulate her thoughts. It is the school’s duty to articulate its practices to parents. See related entries: Language skills
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] to speak, pronounce or play something in a clear way He was too drunk to articulate properly. articulate something Every note was carefully articulated.
  3. 3[intransitive] articulate (with something) (formal) to be related to something so that together the two parts form a whole These courses are designed to articulate with university degrees.
  4. 4[intransitive, transitive] (specialist) to be joined to something else by a joint, so that movement is possible; to join something in this way articulate (with something) bones that articulate with others articulate something a robot with articulated limbs
  5. Word Origin mid 16th cent.: from Latin articulatus, past participle of articulare ‘divide into joints, utter distinctly’, from articulus ‘small connecting part’, diminutive of artus ‘joint’.Extra examples She cannot articulate her feelings very well. She spoke slowly, articulating each word clearly. You need to articulate clearly what you are trying to achieve.
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