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[lit-er-it] /ˈlɪt ər ɪt/
adjective
1.
able to read and write.
2.
having or showing knowledge of literature, writing, etc.; literary; well-read.
3.
characterized by skill, lucidity, polish, or the like:
His writing is literate but cold and clinical.
4.
having knowledge or skill in a specified field:
Is she computer literate? The boss needs a computer‐literate assistant.
5.
having an education; educated.
noun
6.
a person who can read and write.
7.
a learned person.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin līterātus, litterātus learned, scholarly. See letter, -ate1
Related forms
literately, adverb
antiliterate, adjective, noun
antiliterately, adverb
unliterate, adjective
Synonyms
3, 5. well-informed, knowledgeable.
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Examples from the web for literate
  • But few people write programs, so hardly anybody is literally computer literate.
  • Most people do not read original papers they rely on scientifically literate journalists to state the significant results.
  • In those days, literate families and friends read aloud to each other as a matter of habit.
  • We would not regard our children to be literate if they could read and not write.
  • It is a read for for people who are laymen but are scientifically literate.
  • If elected, his press for a more integrated and literate workforce will benefit us all.
  • Most of these former students were not financially literate.
  • The message for the literate audience at home is almost the opposite.
  • And yet our otherwise literate society continues to mistake molecular name-dropping for real understanding.
  • Not everyone who quits school is illiterate, nor is everyone who attends even close to literate.
British Dictionary definitions for literate

literate

/ˈlɪtərɪt/
adjective
1.
able to read and write
2.
educated; learned
3.
used to words rather than numbers as a means of expression Compare numerate
noun
4.
a literate person
Derived Forms
literately, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Latin litterātus learned. See letter
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Word Origin and History for literate
adj.

"educated, instructed," early 15c., from Latin literatus/litteratus "educated, learned," literally "one who knows the letters," formed in imitation of Greek grammatikos from Latin littera/litera "letter" (see letter (n.1)).

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