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.