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Definition able to read and write

More rarely, literate can refer to knowledge in a particular subject area as in: "She is computer literate."

Occasionally literate is also used to indicate a knowledge of literature or writing as in:  "I don't remember the name of Odysseus' wife. Ask Susan. She's one of the more literate people I know." or "If you want a highly literate record of the minutes, ask Susan to record them."
  • Only 25% of adults are literate in that country.
literate = able to read and write
  • If you're literate and can access the Internet, you can get answers to millions of questions.
  • literate = able to read and write
  • I suppose she chose me because she knew my name; as I read the alphabet a faint line appeared between her eyebrows, and after making me read most of My First Reader and the stock-market quotations from The Mobile Register aloud, she discovered that I was literate and looked at me with more than faint distaste.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • literate = able to read
  • By the autumn almost every animal on the farm was literate in some degree.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • literate = able to read and write
  • The minister was literate.
    Octavia Butler  --  Kindred
  • The German literate reversed this process with the profane French literature.
    Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels  --  The Communist Manifesto
  • ... My lover was no evil man, no blind follower of the regime, but a literate man, a gentle man, and a believer in eternal China!
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • In front of one of the benevolent associations, a literate man was chanting the Gold Mountain News, which was taped to the window.
    Maxine Hong Kingston  --  The Woman Warrior
  • Always a few literate junkies.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • I'll be one of the few demonstrably literate people ever to graduate from this school, Colonel.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • Some of them, but not many, were even literate.
    Tim Tebow  --  Through My Eyes
  • He has always associated with the learned, the gentle, the literate, and the reasonable both in France and in America.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • "Martin, Martin, Martin," she said, "the population of literate people has been declining steadily since Gutenberg's day.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • With that, Eragon began the task of becoming literate.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • They had called the college paper, and someone had told them I was halfway literate.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin'
  • He listens as Lincoln talks of extending suffrage to literate blacks and those who fought for the Union.
    Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • We were fully literate in nu shu, and when we were apart we wrote each other almost daily.
    Lisa See  --  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • The poor child was hardly literate.
    Ford Madox Ford  --  The Good Soldier
  • It'll be like you're literate.
    Chris Crutcher  --  Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes
  • If Will were as literate as Guy, or Guy were as executive as Will, I think I could endure even Gopher Prairie.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street

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