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literate

adjective lit·er·ate \ ˈli-tə-rət also ˈli-trət \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of literate

1 a : educated, cultured
  • literate executives
b : able to read and write
  • What percentage of the population is literate?
2 a : versed in literature or creative writing : literary
  • literate novelists
b : lucid, polished
  • a literate essay
c : having knowledge or competence (see competent 2)
  • computer-literate
  • politically literate

literately

adverb

literateness

noun

Examples of literate in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of literate

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


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literate

noun

Definition of literate

1 : an educated person
2 : a person who can read and write

Recent Examples of literate from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of literate


LITERATE Defined for English Language Learners

literate

adjective

Definition of literate for English Language Learners

  • : able to read and write

  • : having or showing knowledge about a particular subject


LITERATE Defined for Kids

literate

adjective lit·er·ate \ ˈli-tə-rət \

Definition of literate for Students

1 : able to read and write
2 : having gotten a good education


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