Definition of “literate” - English Dictionary

“literate” in British English

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(Definition of “literate” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“literate” in American English

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literateadjective

us /ˈlɪt̬·ər·ət/

able to read and write:

The man was barely literate and took a long time to write his name.

Literate also means having a good education or showing it in your writing:

He wrote a literate, colorful column and reviewed plays.

Literate also means having a basic skill or knowledge of a subject:

They wanted to make sure their child was computer literate.

(Definition of “literate” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“literate” in Business English

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literateadjective

uk /ˈlɪtərət/ us

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.
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(Definition of “literate” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)