numerate

[verb noo-muh-reyt, nyoo-; adjective noo-mer-it, nyoo-]

verb (used with object), nu·mer·at·ed, nu·mer·at·ing.

to represent numbers by symbols.

adjective

able to use or understand numerical techniques of mathematics.

Nearby words

  1. numeracy,
  2. numeraire,
  3. numeral,
  4. numeral system,
  5. numerary,
  6. numeration,
  7. numerator,
  8. numerical,
  9. numerical analysis,
  10. numerical aperture

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

numeracy

noun

the ability to use numbers, esp in arithmetical operations

numerate

adjective (ˈnjuːmərɪt)

able to use numbers, esp in arithmetical operationsCompare literate

verb (ˈnjuːməˌreɪt) (tr)

to read (a numerical expression)
a less common word for enumerate

Word Origin for numerate

C18 (vb): from Latin numerus number + -ate 1, by analogy with literate

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