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
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adj able to read and write

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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adj 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
Antonyms:
illiterate
lacking culture, especially in language and literature

adj knowledgeable and educated in one or several fields

“computer literate
Synonyms:
educated
possessing an education (especially having more than average knowledge)

n a person who can read and write

Synonyms:
literate person
Examples:
Samuel Pepys
English diarist whose diary contained detailed descriptions of 17th century disasters in England (1633-1703)
Types:
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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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