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



    BrE BrE//ɑːˈtɪkjələt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɑːrˈtɪkjələt//
    Job skills and personal qualities, Language skills, Clever
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  1. 1(of a person) good at expressing ideas or feelings clearly in words He was unusually articulate for a ten-year-old. She is the most articulate critic of government policy. The teachers help the children to be more articulate about their strengths and weaknesses. a highly articulate woman See related entries: Job skills and personal qualities, Clever
  2. 2(of speech) clearly expressed or pronounced All we could hear were loud sobs, but no articulate words. See related entries: Language skills
  3. opposite inarticulate
    Word Originmid 16th cent.: from Latin articulatus, past participle of articulare ‘divide into joints, utter distinctly’, from articulus ‘small connecting part’, diminutive of artus ‘joint’. More Like This Pronunciation changes by part of speech abuse, alternate, advocate, approximate, contract, converse, convict, decrease, delegate, discount, duplicate, estimate, export, extract, graduate, import, intimate, moderate, object, permit, present, protest, record, refund, refuse, subject, suspect, survey, torment, upgradeSee worksheet.
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