What does literacy mean?

Definitions for literacy
ˈlɪt ər ə silit·er·a·cy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. literacy(noun)

    the ability to read and write


  1. literacy(Noun)

    the ability to read

  2. literacy(Noun)

    understanding of something (ex. computer literacy)

  3. Origin: From literate + -cy

Webster Dictionary

  1. Literacy(noun)

    state of being literate


  1. Literacy

    Literacy is the ability to read and write one's own name and further for knowledge and interest, write coherently, and think critically about the written word. The inability to do so is called illiteracy or analphabetism. Visual literacy includes in addition the ability to understand all forms of communication, be it body language, pictures, maps, or video. Evolving definitions of literacy often include all the symbol systems relevant to a particular community. Literacy encompasses a complex set of abilities to understand and use the dominant symbol systems of a culture for personal and community development. In a technological society, the concept of literacy is expanding to include the media and electronic text, in addition to alphabetic and number systems. These abilities vary in different social and cultural contexts according to need and demand. The primary sense of literacy still represents the lifelong, intellectual process of gaining meaning from a critical interpretation of the written or printed text. Key to all literacy is reading development, a progression of skills that begins with the ability to understand spoken words and decode written words, and culminates in the deep understanding of text. Reading development involves a range of complex language underpinnings including awareness of speech sounds, spelling patterns, word meaning, grammar and patterns of word formation, all of which provide a necessary platform for reading fluency and comprehension. Once these skills are acquired the reader can attain full language literacy, which includes the abilities to approach printed material with critical analysis, inference and synthesis; to write with accuracy and coherence; and to use information and insights from text as the basis for informed decisions and creative thought.

How to pronounce literacy?

  1. Alex
    US English

How to say literacy in sign language?

  1. literacy


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of literacy in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of literacy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of literacy in a Sentence

  1. Irina Bokova:

    Literacy is the door to knowledge, essential to individual self-esteem and empowerment.

  2. Andreas Simic:

    It takes a village to raise a child, a team to build a dream and a community to foster financial literacy

  3. Andreas Simic:

    It takes a team to build a dream, a village to raise a child, and a community to foster financial literacy.

  4. Jennifer Manly:

    Increasing opportunities for children and adults to obtain literacy may be protective for brain health later in life.

  5. WhatsApp:

    As a starting point, we will soon publish new educational materials around misinformation and conduct our news literacy workshops.

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