literacy

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noun lit·er·a·cy \ˈli-t(ə-)rə-sē\

Definition of literacy

  1. :  the quality or state of being literate a program to promote adult literacy

Examples of literacy in a Sentence

  1. The program is intended to promote adult literacy among people who have had very little schooling.

  2. Their goal is to achieve basic literacy.

1880

First Known Use of literacy

1880


LITERACY Defined for English Language Learners

literacy

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noun lit·er·a·cy \ˈli-t(ə-)rə-sē\

Definition of literacy for English Language Learners

  • : the ability to read and write

  • : knowledge that relates to a specified subject



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