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literacy

noun [U] uk   /ˈlɪt.ər.ə.si/ us    /ˈlɪt̬.ɚ-/
C1 the ability to read and write: Far more resources are needed to improve adult literacy. The country has a literacy rate of almost 98%. knowledge of a particular subject, or a particular type of knowledge: Computer literacy is becoming as essential as the ability to drive a car.
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