literate




If you’re literate you can read and write, and since you’re reading this, that’s what you are.

Literate can also mean more than just being able to read and write, but being really fluent in a field. If you’re “computer literate,” you know how to use a computer with ease. If you’re up on the latest advances in science, you’re “scientifically literate.” If people describe you admiringly as literate, they think you’re widely read and know a lot about lots of different fields. The opposite of literate is illiterate.

Definitions of literate
  1. adjective

    able to read and write

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    Antonyms:

    illiterate

    not able to read or write
    uneducated

    not having a good education
    analphabetic, unlettered

    having little acquaintance with writing
    functionally illiterate

    having reading and writing skills insufficient for ordinary practical needs
    preliterate

    not yet having acquired the ability to read and write
    semiliterate

    barely able to read and write
    semiliterate

    able to read but not to write
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  2. adjective

    versed in literature; dealing with literature

    Synonyms:

    educated

    possessing an education (especially having more than average knowledge)
    belletristic

    written and regarded for aesthetic value rather than content
    literary

    knowledgeable about literature
    sophisticated

    having or appealing to those having worldly knowledge and refinement and savoir-faire
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    Antonyms:

    illiterate

    lacking culture, especially in language and literature

  3. adjective

    knowledgeable and educated in one or several fields

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    literate
    Synonyms:

    educated

    possessing an education (especially having more than average knowledge)
  4. noun

    a person who can read and write

    synonyms:
    literate person
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    examples:

    Samuel Pepys

    English diarist whose diary contained detailed descriptions of 17th century disasters in England (1633-1703)
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    alphabetiser, alphabetizer

    a literate person who can arrange items in alphabetical order
    reader

    a person who can read; a literate person
    writer

    a person who is able to write and has written something
    decipherer

    a reader capable of reading and interpreting illegible or obscure text
    diarist, diary keeper, journalist

    someone who keeps a diary or journal
    map-reader

    a person who can read maps
    scrawler, scribbler

    a writer whose handwriting is careless and hard to read
    skimmer

    a rapid superficial reader
    good speller, poor speller, speller

    someone who spells words
    transcriber

    someone who makes a written version of spoken material
    transcriber

    someone who rewrites in a different script
    type of:

    individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul

    a human being

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