literate [lit-er-it] SynonymsWord Origin adjective

  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: Is she computer literate? The boss needs a computer‐literate assistant.
  5. having an education; educated.


  1. a person who can read and write.
  2. a learned person.

Origin of literate 1400–50; late Middle English Latin līterātus, litterātus learned, scholarly. See letter1, -ate1 Related formslit·er·ate·ly, adverban·ti·lit·er·ate, adjective, nounan·ti·lit·er·ate·ly, adverbun·lit·er·ate, adjectiveSynonyms for literate 3, 5. well-informed, knowledgeable. British Dictionary definitions for literately literate adjective

  1. able to read and write
  2. educated; learned
  3. used to words rather than numbers as a means of expressionCompare numerate


  1. a literate person

Derived Formsliterately, adverbWord Origin for literate C15: from Latin litterātus learned. See letter Word Origin and History for literately literate adj.

“educated, instructed,” early 15c., from Latin literatus/litteratus “educated, learned,” literally “one who knows the letters,” formed in imitation of Greek grammatikos from Latin littera/litera “letter” (see letter (n.1)).

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

47 queries 0.516