[verb noo-muh-reyt, nyoo-; adjective noo-mer-it, nyoo-]See more synonyms for numerate on Thesaurus.com
verb (used with object), nu·mer·at·ed, nu·mer·at·ing.
- to represent numbers by symbols.
- enumerate(def 2).
- able to use or understand numerical techniques of mathematics.
Origin of numerate
1400–50; late Middle English: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
counted, numbered < Latin numerātus
(past participle of numerāre
), equivalent to numer- number
+ -ātus -ate1
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British Dictionary definitions for numerate
- able to use numbers, esp in arithmetical operationsCompare literate
- 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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Word Origin and History for numerate
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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