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literate

[ lit-er-it ]
/ ˈlɪt ər ɪt /
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adjective

noun

a person who can read and write.
a learned person.

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Origin of literate

1400–50; late Middle English <Latin līterātus,litterātus learned, scholarly. See letter1, -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM literate

lit·er·ate·ly, adverban·ti·lit·er·ate, adjective, nounan·ti·lit·er·ate·ly, adverbun·lit·er·ate, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for literate

literate
/ (ˈlɪtərɪt) /

adjective

able to read and write
educated; learned
used to words rather than numbers as a means of expressionCompare numerate

noun

a literate person

Derived forms of literate

literately, adverb

Word Origin for literate

C15: from Latin litterātus learned. See letter
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