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Meaning of literate

lit•er•ate

Pronunciation: (lit'ur-it), [key]
— adj.
  1. able to read and write.
  2. having or showing knowledge of literature, writing, etc.; literary; well-read.
  3. characterized by skill, lucidity, polish, or the like: His writing is literate but cold and clinical.
  4. having knowledge or skill in a specified field: literate in computer usage.
  5. having an education; educated.
—n.
  1. a person who can read and write.
  2. a learned person.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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