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literate (adj.)

"educated, instructed, having knowledge of letters," early 15c., from Latin literatus/litteratus "educated, learned, who knows the letters;" formed in imitation of Greek grammatikos from Latin littera/litera "alphabetic letter" (see letter (n.1)). By late 18c. especially "acquainted with literature." As a noun, "one who can read and write," 1894.

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Definitions of literate
1
literate (adj.)
able to read and write;
literate (adj.)
versed in literature; dealing with literature;
literate (adj.)
knowledgeable and educated in one or several fields;
computer literate
2
literate (n.)
a person who can read and write;
Synonyms: literate person
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