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"illiterate" in British English

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illiterateadjective

uk   /ɪˈlɪt.ər.ət/  us   /-ˈlɪt̬.ɚ-/
C2 unable to ​read and write: A ​surprisingpercentage of the ​population is illiterate.
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knowing little or nothing about a ​particularsubject: computer illiterate financially/​technologically illiterate
illiteracy
noun [U] uk   us   /-ə.si/
In the ​ruralareas, illiteracy is ​widespread.

illiteratenoun [C]

uk   /ɪˈlɪt.ər.ət/  us   /-ˈlɪt̬.ɚ-/
someone who is illiterate
(Definition of illiterate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"illiterate" in American English

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illiterateadjective

 us   /ɪˈlɪt̬·ər·ət/
not ​knowing how to ​read and write
illiteracy
noun [U]  us   /ɪˈlɪt̬·ə·rə·si/
(Definition of illiterate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"illiterate" in Business English

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illiterateadjective

uk   us   /ɪˈlɪtərət/
unable to read and write: More than half of the country's ​population of 8m are illiterate.
knowing little or nothing about a particular ​subject: to be computer illiterate economically/​financially/​technologically illiterate
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(Definition of illiterate from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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