What does literate mean?
Definitions for literate
ˈlɪt ər ɪtlit·er·ate
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literate, literate personadjective
a person who can read and write
able to read and write
versed in literature; dealing with literature
knowledgeable and educated in one or several fields
A person who is able to read and write
Able to read and write; having literacy.
Knowledgeable in literature, writing; literary; well-read.
Which is used in writing (of a language or dialect).
Etymology: From litteratus.
Literacy in its broadest sense describes "particular ways of thinking about and doing reading and writing" with the purpose of understanding or expressing thoughts or ideas in written form in some specific context of use. In other words, humans in literate societies have sets of practices for producing and consuming writing, and they also have beliefs about these practices. Reading, in this view, is always reading something for some purpose; writing is always writing something for someone for some particular ends. Beliefs about reading and writing and its value for society and for the individual always influence the ways literacy is taught, learned, and practiced over the lifespan. Some researchers suggest that the history of interest in the concept of "literacy" can be divided into two periods. Firstly is the period before 1950, when literacy was understood solely as alphabetical literacy (word and letter recognition). Secondly is the period after 1950, when literacy slowly began to be considered as a wider concept and process, including the social and cultural aspects of reading and writing, and functional literacy.
instructed in learning, science, or literature; learned; lettered
one educated, but not having taken a university degree; especially, such a person who is prepared to take holy orders
a literary man
Etymology: [L. litteratus, literatus. See Letter.]
A person who is able to read and write easily, effectively and efficiently.
The team are literate and all can read and write so all have equal ability.
Submitted by MaryC on November 27, 2020
ornamented with characters like letters.
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The numerical value of literate in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of literate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Examples of literate in a Sentence
A large number of young people having such undesirable attitudes toward violence against women - including girls themselves - is alarming, these are school-going and college-going students – they’re not uneducated or non-literate people. These are people from cities, not even rural areas... These attitudes that students are displaying are potentially what they are absorbing from society at large, from their families.
Athletes are really frustrated because... the coaches are not literate and they have been teaching what they were taught 30 years back, without infrastructure we can do a lot, but without the techniques you cannot win.
Most people are not literate and don't understand what the documents they have even mean, when there are floods or a fire, people lose the documents too.
I don't think there is any doubt that the American public is far more soccer literate whether that is because of the World Cup (in 1994) or the presence of MLS or the presence of international soccer on television and the changes in technology and social media that facilitate all of that, people are far more literate, far more knowledgeable and far more engaged. That part is great.
Would you convey my compliments to the purist who reads your proofs and tell him or her that I write in a sort of broken-down patois which is something like the way a Swiss waiter talks, and that when I split an infinitive, God damn it, I split it so it will stay split, and when I interrupt the velvety smoothness of my more or less literate syntax with a few sudden words of bar-room vernacular, that is done with the eyes wide open and the mind relaxed but attentive.
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- lletrat, alfabetCatalan, Valencian
- belesen, gebildetGerman
- alfabeto, letrado, alfabetizadoSpanish
- lettré, alphabèteFrench
- litearraScottish Gaelic
- 読み書き, 博識Japanese
- letrado, alfabetizadoPortuguese
- образованный, начитанный, грамотныйRussian
- писмен, учен, начитан, pismen, načitan, učenSerbo-Croatian
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