- able to read and write.
- having or showing knowledge of literature, writing, etc.; literary; well-read.
- characterized by skill, lucidity, polish, or the like: His writing is literate but cold and clinical.
- having knowledge or skill in a specified field: Is she computer literate? The boss needs a computer‐literate assistant.
- having an education; educated.
- a person who can read and write.
- a learned person.
Origin of literate
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Examples from the Web for literate
Pointing out that Nick Denton writes and speaks like a literate adult and not like a 14-year-old in remedial English.Rage Against GamerGate’s Hate Machine: What I Got For Speaking Up
November 17, 2014
That would be fascism—but the “eloquent” and literate cadena is freedom.The Stupidest Hugo Chávez Hagiographies From the Yanquis Who Loved Him
March 7, 2013
But only the literate imagination can bring them back to life.Writing For Teens Vs. Adults: Rowling As Case Study
October 3, 2012
Her humor was New York humor, layered and tangy with irony; chewy and Jewish and deadpan and literate.Remembering Nora Ephron as Our Dorothy Parker, but More
June 27, 2012
Only 13 percent of women are literate (compared with almost 33 percent of men).Afghan Women Fear Backsliding As President Karzai Negotiates With Taliban
February 19, 2012
People can participate in social life only if they are literate.
Students who were under the influence of literate reasoning had problems.
Expectation of high figures is an extension of literate expectations.
But if they are then subjected to literate pettifogging, all this effort is to no avail.
In fact, these means are freed from words and literate articulations.
- able to read and write
- educated; learned
- used to words rather than numbers as a means of expressionCompare numerate
- a literate person
Word Origin and History for literate
"educated, instructed," early 15c., from Latin literatus/litteratus "educated, learned," literally "one who knows the letters," formed in imitation of Greek grammatikos from Latin littera/litera "letter" (see letter (n.1)).