What does literate mean?

Definitions for literate
ˈlɪt ər ɪtlit·er·ate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. literate, literate personadjective

    a person who can read and write

  2. literateadjective

    able to read and write

  3. literateadjective

    versed in literature; dealing with literature

  4. literateadjective

    knowledgeable and educated in one or several fields

    "computer literate"


  1. literatenoun

    A person who is able to read and write

  2. literateadjective

    Able to read and write; having literacy.

  3. literateadjective

    Knowledgeable in literature, writing; literary; well-read.

  4. literateadjective

    Which is used in writing (of a language or dialect).

  5. Etymology: From litteratus.


  1. literate

    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.


  1. literate

    Literate refers to a person who is able to read and write. It can also mean having competence or knowledge in a specified area. In a broader sense, literate can mean well-educated or knowledgeable.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Literateadjective

    instructed in learning, science, or literature; learned; lettered

  2. Literatenoun

    one educated, but not having taken a university degree; especially, such a person who is prepared to take holy orders

  3. Literatenoun

    a literary man

  4. Etymology: [L. litteratus, literatus. See Letter.]

Editors Contribution

  1. literate

    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  


  1. Literate

    ornamented with characters like letters.

Anagrams for literate »

  1. laterite

  2. teretial

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of literate in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of literate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of literate in a Sentence

  1. Nelly Cheboi:

    I see a future in Kenya and in the rest of the continent where kids are becoming really tech literate. And then, in turn, becoming global citizens, it’s a ripple effect. Some of them will help us in solving one of so many big challenges we have in the world today.

  2. Isabel Sheinman:

    Our big vision is to build a world where everyone has equal access to knowledge. Where the ability to read is a basic human right, i really see being literate and having access to information as the single most important tool in allowing people to lift themselves out of poverty.

  3. Don McLean:

    It’s kind of a folk song now, if there's any definition of what a real folk song is, in the world of music back a hundred years ago or so — even hundreds of years ago in rural areas — there were no tape recorders or TV or radio, or even people who were literate enough to write things down.

  4. Salman Aziz:

    Getting degree only makes someone literate to the society or the nation. But sometime their uncultured acts make them illiterate. Cause they have uneducated mind. Their minds have never got enlightenment with the true education that supposed to make them better person.

  5. Waqar Ahmed:

    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.

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