literate

[lit-er-it]
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: literate in computer usage.
5.
having an education; educated.
noun
6.
a person who can read and write.
7.
a learned person.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English < Latin līterātus, litterātus learned, scholarly. See letter, -ate1

literately, adverb
antiliterate, adjective, noun
antiliterately, adverb
unliterate, adjective


3, 5. well-informed, knowledgeable.
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literate (ˈlɪtərɪt)
 
adj
1.  able to read and write
2.  educated; learned
3.  Compare numerate used to words rather than numbers as a means of expression
 
n
4.  a literate person
 
[C15: from Latin litterātus learned. See letter]
 
'literately
 
adv

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literate
early 15c., from L. lit(t)eratus "educated, learned," lit. "one who knows the letters," formed in imitation of Gk. grammatikos from L. lit(t)era "letter."
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Example sentences
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.
If elected, his press for a more integrated and literate workforce will benefit
  us all.
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