[ lit-er-it ]
/ ˈlɪt ər ɪt /
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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.
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Origin of literate
OTHER WORDS FROM literatelit·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
/ (ˈlɪtərɪt) /
able to read and write
used to words rather than numbers as a means of expressionCompare numerate
a literate person
Derived forms of literateliterately, adverb
Word Origin for literate
C15: from Latin litterātus learned. See letter
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