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"literacy" in British English

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literacynoun [U]

uk   /ˈlɪt.ər.ə.si/  us   /ˈlɪt̬.ɚ-/
C1 the ​ability to ​read and write: Far more ​resources are ​needed to ​improveadult literacy. The ​country has a literacy rate of ​almost 98%. knowledge of a ​particularsubject, or a ​particulartype of ​knowledge: Computer literacy is ​becoming as ​essential as the ​ability to ​drive a ​car.
(Definition of literacy from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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literacynoun [U]

 us   /ˈlɪt̬·ər·ə·si/
the ​ability to ​read and write: She was ​activelyinvolved in ​programs to ​increaseadult literacy. Literacy is also a ​basicskill or ​knowledge of a ​subject: computer literacy
(Definition of literacy from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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literacynoun [U]

uk   us   /ˈlɪtərəsi/
the ​ability to read and write: literacy ​levels/​rates/​skills At 62%, India's adult literacyrate is a ​reminder of the country's ​status as a ​developingnation. A new ​deal to improve literacy among the ​unemployed has been ​launched.
knowledge of a particular ​subject, or a particular ​type of ​knowledge: economic/​financial literacy Tax ​cuts for the ​electronicfiling of ​tax and ​VATreturns will also encourage computer literacy.
(Definition of literacy from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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