lit·​er·​a·​cy ˈli-t(ə-)rə-sē How to pronounce literacy (audio)
: 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 on the Web The executive director of the Northeast Indianapolis Community Service Corporation, Cameron Gates, said the initiative also plans to target other issues such as education and financial literacy. Jade Thomas, The Indianapolis Star, 18 Apr. 2024 Here's how to read the results Springboro Community City School District, for example, overlooked more than 800 students in kindergarten through second grade who were all on track to meet state standards in early literacy last spring. The Enquirer, 16 Apr. 2024 The Associated Press receives support from Charles Schwab Foundation for educational and explanatory reporting to improve financial literacy. Adriana Morga, Quartz, 13 Apr. 2024 People can mobilize their own communities by talking about media literacy. Lorena O'Neil, Rolling Stone, 8 Apr. 2024 This shift in tax collection strategy was only achievable due to a spike in literacy and subsequent increase in the number of available scribes. Kate McMahon, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 Apr. 2024 In an exclusive interview with Forbes, Lawal emphasizes the importance of mental health, financial literacy, and professional growth in creating well-rounded and successful members of society. Ime Ekpo, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024 Why Edutainment Works Traditional financial literacy materials are often ignored because people view money talk as dull, intimidating, confusing, or taboo. Tyler Shepherd, USA TODAY, 29 Mar. 2024 And some TikTok tax tippers have begun hedging their language to avoid legal pitfalls, said Caroline Bruckner, who studies tax administration and financial literacy at American University’s Kogod Tax Policy Center. Julie Zauzmer Weil, Washington Post, 8 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1880, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of literacy was in 1880

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“Literacy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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lit·​er·​a·​cy ˈlit-ə-rə-sē How to pronounce literacy (audio)
: the quality or state of being literate
computer literacy
especially : ability to read and write

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