Definition of literate adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈlɪtərət//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɪtərət//
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able to read and write Though nearly twenty he was barely literate. opposite illiterate see also numerate, computer-literate Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin litteratus, from littera ‘letter of the alphabet’, (plural) ‘epistle, literature, culture’.Extra examples He was uneducated and barely literate. Only highly literate people are capable of discussing these subjects. They are the first fully literate generation in the country.
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