What does numerate mean?

Definitions for numerate
ˈnu məˌreɪt, ˈnyu-; -mər ɪtnu·mer·ate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. numerateverb

    able to understand and use numbers

  2. count, number, enumerate, numerateverb

    determine the number or amount of

    "Can you count the books on your shelf?"; "Count your change"

  3. numerateverb

    read out loud as words written numbers


  1. numerateverb

    to count

  2. numerateadjective

    Having the ability to understand number and perform arithmetic.

  3. Etymology: From numeratus, past participle of numero.


  1. numerate

    Numeracy is the ability to understand, reason with, and to apply simple numerical concepts. The charity National Numeracy states: "Numeracy means understanding how mathematics is used in the real world and being able to apply it to make the best possible decisions...It’s as much about thinking and reasoning as about 'doing sums'". Basic numeracy skills consist of comprehending fundamental arithmetical operations like addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. For example, if one can understand simple mathematical equations such as 2 + 2 = 4, then one would be considered to possess at least basic numeric knowledge. Substantial aspects of numeracy also include number sense, operation sense, computation, measurement, geometry, probability and statistics. A numerically literate person can manage and respond to the mathematical demands of life.By contrast, innumeracy (the lack of numeracy) can have a negative impact. Numeracy has an influence on healthy behaviors, financial literacy, and career decisions. Therefore, innumeracy may negatively affect economic choices, financial outcomes, health outcomes, and life satisfaction. It also may distort risk perception in health decisions. Greater numeracy has been associated with reduced susceptibility to framing effects, less influence of nonnumerical information such as mood states, and greater sensitivity to different levels of numerical risk. Ellen Peters and her colleagues argue that achieving the benefits of numeric literacy, however, may depend on one's numeric self-efficacy or confidence in one's skills.


  1. numerate

    Numerate refers to being skilled with figures or numbers, able to understand and work with arithmetic and mathematics. It is the numerical equivalent of being literate. A numerate person can comprehend, use, and connect basic mathematical concepts in their daily life.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Numerate

    to divide off and read according to the rules of numeration; as, to numerate a row of figures

  2. Etymology: [L. numeratus, p. p. of numerare to count. See Number, v.]

Editors Contribution

  1. numerate

    The innate human ability and skills to feel, know and understand intuitively numbers, mathematics and arithmetic.

    We are very grateful to be numerate human beings.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 29, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of numerate in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of numerate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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