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.
- lit·er·ate·ly, adverb
- an·ti·lit·er·ate, adjective, noun
- an·ti·lit·er·ate·ly, adverb
- un·lit·er·ate, adjective
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How to use literate in a sentence
While most media-literate people can distinguish between a real news publisher and a fake one with some scrutiny, the bots that crawl through web pages or the algorithms that decide what to surface in newsfeeds don’t take those steps.
Of course, writing systems are thousands of years old, found in ancient Sumer, China, and Egypt, but in most literate societies only a small fraction of people ever learned to read, rarely more than 10 percent.Martin Luther Rewired Your Brain - Issue 96: Rewired | Joseph Henrich | February 17, 2021 | Nautilus
It’s very important that children be literate by third grade.What Cindy Marten’s Rise Tells Us About the State of Education Politics | Will Huntsberry | February 16, 2021 | Voice of San Diego
One study of climate change sceptics, for example, found that the most scientifically literate people in the group were most likely to strongly endorse climate scepticism.‘I Won The Election’ – How Powerful People Use Lousy Lies To Twist Reality | LGBTQ-Editor | November 25, 2020 | No Straight News
The intention is to make the public and policymakers WUI literate and provide science and tools that could lead to the creation of cost-effective solutions, so we don’t keep repeating the same tragic, expensive mistakes.California Will Keep Burning. But Housing Policy Is Making It Worse. | by Elizabeth Weil and Mollie Simon | October 2, 2020 | ProPublica
I am not the most financially literate person (I would be hard-pressed to articulate the term “junk bond”).
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 | Arthur Chu | November 17, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The trick for directors is to make it as surprising and shocking for such a gore-literate audience.Sex, Blood and Maroon 5: Pop Culture’s Wounds Run Deep | Lizzie Crocker | October 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The Keep America Safe website was at least a globally literate and coherent representation of international security issues.
Penguin India wet itself, and entered into an agreement with this semi-literate goon.Pulp Nonfiction: India’s Shameful Failure to Defend Historian of Hinduism | Tunku Varadarajan | February 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Flaubert is in six volumes, four or five of which every literate man must at one time or another assault.Instigations | Ezra Pound
Lincoln, they knew, favored the extension of suffrage only to literate Negroes and to those who had served in the military forces.Susan B. Anthony | Alma Lutz
The opinion was advanced that the evening of the day he landed his arrival was known in every literate home in New York.Turns about Town | Robert Cortes Holliday
I doubt if there is a single literate person in the world to-day who would apply the word “wicked” to Shelley.The Art of Letters | Robert Lynd
There they competed on alternate forums with literate gardeners and stuttering horticultural amateurs.Greener Than You Think | Ward Moore
British Dictionary definitions for literate
able to read and write
a literate person
- literately, adverb
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