Definition of literacy
: the quality or state of being literate a program to promote adult literacy
Examples of literacy in a Sentence
The program is intended to promote adult literacy among people who have had very little schooling.
Their goal is to achieve basic literacy.
Recent Examples of literacy from the Web
These were people living in what my linguist’s training reveals as a life bound in orality rather than literacy.
The event, which often sells out, is a fundraiser for Words Alive, a nonprofit literacy organization that assists low-income, at-risk children, teens and families.
Bible literacy: House Bill 128 establishes regulations for public high schools that are interested in offering elective classes on the Bible and Hebrew scriptures.
The teacher also makes decisions about how to integrate more formal early literacy and math skills into the play — for instance, by helping a child dictate stories about his painting and pointing out some of the key words and letters involved, etc.
The younger sister of James Otis, Boston’s leading advocate for colonists’ rights in the 1760s, Mercy was a bookish girl in a time when many girls never obtained basic literacy.
The congregation sponsors 30 ministries including three Catholic high schools, tutoring and literacy programs, spirituality centers, social service programs, spiritual direction and pastoral assistance.
Its programs, focused on the socially disadvantaged, include the Lifesync Academy life-skills program, financial-literacy clinics, athletic camps and cheer, football and soccer teams.
All 47 of the school's third-graders are African-American, said Kelsey Robison, the school’s literacy coach.
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First Known Use of literacy
LITERACY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of literacy for English Language Learners
: the ability to read and write
: knowledge that relates to a specified subject
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