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literate

Syllabification: lit·er·ate
Pronunciation: /ˈlidərət
 
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Definition of literate in English:

adjective

1(Of a person) able to read and write.
Example sentences
  • Most of us are familiar with the concept of literacy as it applies to reading and writing and it is generally accepted that being literate means being able to decipher the written word and compose written work.
  • The written form of Arabic is the same for all literate Arabs (those able to read and write), regardless of how different their spoken dialects are.
  • At present most literate Africans can read English or French.
Synonyms
able to read/write, educated, schooled
1.1Having or showing education or knowledge, typically in a specified area: we need people who are economically and politically literate
More example sentences
  • And this is the portion of the population who are computer literate.
  • To ensure that all theories meet these standards, it is essential that people be sufficiently scientifically literate.
  • And the book turns out to be intelligent, literate, and thoughtful.
Synonyms
educated, well educated, well read, widely read, scholarly, learned, knowledgeable, lettered, cultured, cultivated, sophisticated, well informed
knowledgeable, well versed, savvy, smart, conversant, competent
informal up on, up to speed on

noun

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A literate person.
Example sentences
  • If these were wanton act of miscreants, one incident that took place inside the Government Medical College campus on Thursday has proved that even the literates are not bothered to ‘rescue’ a roadside tree from being consumed by flames.
  • Nothing in our commonly purveyed literacy mythology suggests this is the State with the largest number of literates in India.
  • But for the illiterates and even many literates, who throng the Collectorate seeking assistance, their services are indispensable.

Origin

late Middle English: from Latin litteratus, from littera (see letter).

Derivatives

literately

1
adverb

Words that rhyme with literate

illiterate, presbyterate

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