numerate

[ verb noo-muh-reyt, nyoo-; adjective noo-mer-it, nyoo- ]
/ verb ˈnu məˌreɪt, ˈnyu-; adjective ˈnu mər ɪt, ˈnyu- /

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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Examples from the Web for numerate

  • According to my own suppositions, he might have been taught to numerate.

    Sound Mind|John Haslam


British Dictionary definitions for numerate

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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Word Origin and History for numerate

numerate

v.

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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