Articulate vs articulate

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Articulate and articulate are two words that are spelled identically but are pronounced differently and have different meanings, which makes them heteronyms. We will examine the definitions of the words articulate and articulate, where these words came from, and a few examples of their use in sentences.

Articulate (ar TICK you late) is a verb that means to speak clearly, to express something in a coherent and easily understood manner. The verb articulate may refer to the quality of one’s physical speech or the quality of one’s choice of words. The verb articulate may also mean to be connected by way of joints. Related words are articulates, articulated, articulating, articulation. The word articulate is derived from the Latin word articulatus, which means to separate into joints.

Articulate (ar TICK you lut) is an adjective that describes someone who can speak clearly or express something in a coherent and easily understood manner. The adjective articulate usually refers to the quality of one’s choice of words. The word articulate is also derived from the Latin word articulatus.


“I think the flag articulates the feeling that people have here, and people have mostly love,” said Dick. (The Hilton Head Island Packet)

Not surprisingly, this position was articulated most forcefully by the member states that felt they had the least to gain from any green deal: coal-reliant Poland and Romania, the pro-nuclear Czech Republic. (Corporate Knights Magazine)

He then urged the drivers of his administration’s vision of Greater Lagos to be articulate and purposeful in the discharge of the tasks assigned to them. (The Pulse Nigeria)

Ginsburg was both the Court’s most articulate defender of abortion rights and an outspoken skeptic of the court’s decision in Roe v. Wade. (The Washington Post)

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