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literate

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adjective lit·er·ate \ˈli-tə-rət also ˈli-trət\

Simple Definition of literate

  • : able to read and write

  • : having or showing knowledge about a particular subject

Full Definition of literate

  1. 1 a :  educated, cultured b :  able to read and write

  2. 2 a :  versed in literature or creative writing :  literary b :  lucid, polished <a literate essay> c :  having knowledge or competence <computer-literate> <politically literate>

lit·er·ate·ly adverb
lit·er·ate·ness noun

Examples of literate

  1. She is literate in both English and Spanish.

  2. What percentage of the population is literate?

  3. The job requires you to be computer literate.



Origin of literate

Middle English literat, from Latin litteratus marked with letters, literate, from litterae letters, literature, from plural of littera


First Known Use: 15th century


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literate

noun lit·er·ate

Definition of literate

  1. 1 :  an educated person

  2. 2 :  a person who can read and write



Circa 1550

First Known Use of literate

circa 1550


LITERATE Defined for Kids

literate

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adjective lit·er·ate \ˈli-tə-rət\

Definition of literate

  1. 1 :  able to read and write

  2. 2 :  having gotten a good education





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