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lit·er·ate

 (lĭt′ər-ĭt)
adj.
1.
a. Able to read and write.
b. Knowledgeable or educated in a particular field or fields.
2. Familiar with literature; literary.
3. Well-written; polished: a literate essay.
n.
1. A person who is literate.
2. (used with a pl. verb) People who are literate, considered as a group.

[Middle English litterate, from Latin litterātus, from littera, lītera, letter; see letter.]

lit′er·ate·ly adv.
lit′er·ate·ness n.
Usage Note: For most of its long history in English, literate has meant only "familiar with literature," or more generally, "well-educated, learned." Only since the late 1800s has it also come to refer to the basic ability to read and write. Its antonym illiterate has an equally broad range of meanings: an illiterate person may be incapable of reading a shopping list or uneducated in a particular field. The term functional illiterate is often used to describe a person who can read or write to some degree but below a minimum level required to function in even a limited social situation or job setting. An aliterate person, by contrast, is one who is capable of reading and writing but who has little interest in doing so, whether out of indifference to learning in general or from a preference for seeking information and entertainment by other means. The meanings of the words literacy and illiteracy have been extended from their original connection with reading and literature to any body of knowledge. For example, "geographic illiterates" cannot identify the countries on a map, and "computer illiterates" are unable to operate computers effectively.

literate

(ˈlɪtərɪt)
adj
1. able to read and write
2. educated; learned
3. used to words rather than numbers as a means of expression. Compare numerate
n
a literate person
[C15: from Latin litterātus learned. See letter]
ˈliterately adv

lit•er•ate

(ˈlɪt ər ɪt)

adj.
1. able to read and write.
2. having or showing knowledge of literature, writing, etc.; literary; well-read.
3. characterized by skill, lucidity, or the like.
4. having knowledge or skill in a specified field: computer-literate.
5. having an education; educated.
n.
6. a person who can read and write.
7. a learned person.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Latin līterātus,litterātus learned]
lit′er•ate•ly, adv.

literal

literaryliterate
1. 'literal'

The literal meaning of a word is its most basic meaning.

She was older than I was, and not only in the literal sense.
The literal meaning of the Greek word hamartia, translated as sin, is 'missing the mark'.
2. 'literary'

Literary words and expressions are used to create a special effect in poems or novels, and are not usually used in ordinary speech or writing.

'Awaken' and 'waken' are old-fashioned or literary words.

Literary also means 'connected with literature'.

...literary critics.
...literary magazines.
3. 'literate'

A literate person is able to read and write.

Only half the children are literate.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.literate - a person who can read and writeliterate - a person who can read and write  
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
alphabetiser, alphabetizer - a literate person who can arrange items in alphabetical order
reader - a person who can read; a literate person
writer - a person who is able to write and has written something
Adj.1.literate - able to read and write
illiterate - not able to read or write
2.literate - versed in literature; dealing with literature
educated - possessing an education (especially having more than average knowledge)
sophisticated - having or appealing to those having worldly knowledge and refinement and savoir-faire; "sophisticated young socialites"; "a sophisticated audience"; "a sophisticated lifestyle"; "a sophisticated book"
illiterate - lacking culture, especially in language and literature
3.literate - knowledgeable and educated in one or several fields; "computer literate"
educated - possessing an education (especially having more than average knowledge)

literate

adjective educated, lettered, learned, cultured, informed, scholarly, cultivated, knowledgeable, well-informed, erudite, well-read The lyrics are highly literate; they even quote Voltaire.

literate

adjective
Having an education:
Translations
مُلِم ، ذكي وكثير القِراءَه
gramotnýsečtělý
dannetkulitiveretuddannet
írni-olvasni tudó
bóklærîurlæs og skrifandi
raštingasraštingumas
izglītotslasīt un rakstīt protošsskolots
gramotný
kültürlüokumuşokur yazar

literate

[ˈlɪtərɪt] ADJque sabe leer y escribir
highly literateculto
not very literate (fig) → poco culto, que tiene poca cultura

literate

[ˈlɪtərət] adj
(= able to read and write) → qui sait lire et écrire
to be literate → savoir lire et écrire
(= well-educated) → instruit(e)
the children of highly literate parents → les enfants de parents très instruits
[applicant, employee] → à l'aise avec les mots
Scientists need to be literate as well as numerate → Les scientifiques doivent être à l'aise avec les mots ainsi qu'avec les chiffres.

literate

adj
to be literatelesen und schreiben können; they aim to achieve a literate population in one generationsie wollen die Bevölkerung in einer Generation alphabetisieren
(= well-educated)gebildet; his style is not very literateer schreibt einen ungeschliffenen Stil

literate

[ˈlɪtərɪt] adjche sa leggere e scrivere
highly literate → molto colto/a, molto istruito/a

literate

(ˈlitərət) adjective
1. able to read and write.
2. clever and having read a great deal.
ˈliteracy noun
References in classic literature ?
The world of the German literate consisted solely in bringing the new French ideas into harmony with their ancient philosophical conscience, or rather, in annexing the French ideas without deserting their own philosophic point of view.
The German literate reversed this process with the profane French literature.
There were very few resident landlords in the neighborhood and also very few domestic or literate serfs, and in the lives of the peasantry of those parts the mysterious undercurrents in the life of the Russian people, the causes and meaning of which are so baffling to contemporaries, were more clearly and strongly noticeable than among others.
Jimoh Patrick, who came out smiling from the examination hall said he had no difficulty using the computer even though he said he was not necessarily computer literate.
She said that, a literate society is only our social, economical and political safety; outside of this ark, all is coddle.
Surjit has stated that Nungthang Tampak has become India's second 100 percent computer literate village in India.
Countries like the Maldives and Sri Lanka have achieved far more impressive results given that above 90 percent of the population in both these countries is literate.
While these countries spend more hours on reading more than the rest, they are not considered the most literate countries.
Addressing the participants here Monday of a 'Literacy Walk' organized by NCHD at Jinnah Avenue in connection with International Literacy Day, she said the commission was making all out efforts with a mission to make Pakistan a 100% literate society.
morality, education, health and social development was conducted to investigate the impact of literate and illiterate mothers on the education of their children.
The authors have organized the eight chapters that make up the main body of their text in two parts devoted to the fostering the growth of the next generation of literate individuals and assessments and developing the capacities of the literate individual within the context of the classroom.
The nature of the respondents was male both literate and illiterate falling in the age group of (18-60) years and above from the slum areas of four randomly selected districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa namely Mardan, Kohat, Haripur and Chitral respectively.