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[lit-er-it] /ˈlɪt ər ɪt/

able to read and write.
having or showing knowledge of literature, writing, etc.; literary; well-read.
characterized by skill, lucidity, polish, or the like:
His writing is literate but cold and clinical.
having knowledge or skill in a specified field:
Is she computer literate? The boss needs a computer‐literate assistant.
having an education; educated.
a person who can read and write.
a learned person.
able to read and write
educated; learned
used to words rather than numbers as a means of expression Compare numerate
a literate person

“educated, instructed,” early 15c., from Latin literatus/litteratus “educated, learned,” literally “one who knows the letters,” formed in imitation of Greek grammatikos from Latin littera/litera “letter” (see letter (n.1)).


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  • Literati

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  • Literation

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