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English definition of “literate”

literate

adjective     /ˈlɪtərət/
able to read and write: a literate workforce barely/highly literate The top priority must be ensuring young people are literate, numerate, and ready for work.
having knowledge of a particular subject, or a particular type of knowledge: computer/IT literate Candidates for this appointment should be computer literate. financially/technically/technologically literate → Compare illiterate
(Definition of literate adjective from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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