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[verb noo-muh-reyt, nyoo-; adjective noo-mer-it, nyoo-]
verb (used with object), nu·mer·at·ed, nu·mer·at·ing.
  1. to represent numbers by symbols.
  2. enumerate(def 2).
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  1. able to use or understand numerical techniques of mathematics.
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Origin of numerate

1400–50; late Middle English: counted, numbered < Latin numerātus (past participle of numerāre to number), equivalent to numer- number + -ātus -ate1
Related formsnu·mer·a·cy, nounre·nu·mer·ate, verb (used with object), re·nu·mer·at·ed, re·nu·mer·at·ing.un·nu·mer·at·ed, adjective
Can be confusedremunerate renumerate
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British Dictionary definitions for numeracy


  1. the ability to use numbers, esp in arithmetical operations
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adjective (ˈnjuːmərɪt)
  1. able to use numbers, esp in arithmetical operationsCompare literate
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verb (ˈnjuːməˌreɪt) (tr)
  1. to read (a numerical expression)
  2. a less common word for enumerate
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Word Origin for numerate

C18 (vb): from Latin numerus number + -ate 1, by analogy with literate
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Word Origin and History for numeracy


1957, from numerate (adj.), from Latin numeratus "counted out," from numerus "a number" (see number (n.)) on model of literacy, etc.

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1721, "to count," from Latin numeratus "counted out," past participle of numerare "to count, to number," from numerus "a number" (see number). Related: Numerated; numerating.

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