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literate

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adjective lit·er·ate \ˈli-tə-rət also ˈli-trət\

Definition of literate

  1. 1a :  educated, cultured literate executivesb :  able to read and write What percentage of the population is literate?

  2. 2a :  versed in literature or creative writing :  literary literate novelistsb :  lucid, polished a literate essayc :  having knowledge or competence (see competent 2) computer-literate politically literate

literately

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literateness

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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.

Origin and Etymology of literate

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


First Known Use: 15th century


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literate

noun lit·er·ate

Definition of literate

  1. 1 :  an educated person

  2. 2 :  a person who can read and write

Origin and Etymology of literate

see 1literate


First Known Use: circa 1540


LITERATE Defined for English Language Learners

literate

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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

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adjective lit·er·ate \ˈli-tə-rət\

Definition of literate for Students

  1. 1 :  able to read and write

  2. 2 :  having gotten a good education



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