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
Admission is $3, good for both days; proceeds benefit the literacy nonprofits Children's Book Bank and Start Making a Reader Today.
Or consider southern states’ use of literacy tests to exclude African-American voters from the franchise.
These programs deploy the Muppets to teach, among other things, financial literacy, hygiene and understanding autism.
The foundation was established to provide literacy training and other educational programs to children in the greater Windsor area.
The company also provides education and resources on financial literacy through its Keys by GM Financial program.
Mendez has spent her career in banking helping small businesses and teaching financial literacy in schools and colleges.
When expertise, trust and religious and cultural literacy are combined, successful and sustainable health and development assistance results.
Pan-offensive novelty rap is turned into a stunning anthem of Bible-literacy by changing a single word in the title.
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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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