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.
The effect of dyslexia on wordsLetters are the most ubiquitous symbols around us. When we learn to read, we train our brains to transform these symbols into sounds and meanings. However, doctors estimate that at least 10% of the population has dyslexia. The term “dyslexia” was invented in 1887 by the German ophthalmologist Rudolf Berlin. It comes from the Greek roots dys meaning difficult and lexia meaning reading. (It is likely that …
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- literary agent,
- literary executor,
Origin of literate
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a literate person
Word Origin for literate
C15: from Latin litterātus learned. See letter
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
"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)).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper