illiterate

  • 1 illiterate — UK US /ɪˈlɪtərət/ adjective ► unable to read and write: »More than half of the country s population of 8m are illiterate. ► knowing little or nothing about a particular subject: »to be computer illiterate »economically/financially/technologically …

    Financial and business terms

  • 2 illiterate — [i lit′ər it] adj. [L illiteratus, unlettered: see IN 2 & LITERATE] 1. ignorant; uneducated; esp., not knowing how to read or write 2. having or showing limited knowledge, experience, or culture, esp. in some particular field [musically… …

    English World dictionary

  • 3 Illiterate — Il*lit er*ate, a. [L. illiteratus: pref. il not + literatus learned. See {In } not, and {Literal}.] Unable to read or write; ignorant of letters or books; unlettered; uninstructed; uneducated; as, an illiterate man, or people. Syn: Ignorant;… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 illiterate — (adj.) early 15c., uneducated, unable to read (originally of Latin), from L. illiteratus unlearned, unlettered, ignorant; without culture, inelegant, from assimilated form of in not, opposite of (see IN (Cf. in ) (1)) + literatus, lit. furnished… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 illiterate — illiterate, innumerate Illiterate (16c) means ‘unable to read or write’ or ‘poorly educated’; innumerate (20c) means ‘having no knowledge of or aptitude for the principles of mathematics’. The corresponding positive forms literate and numerate… …

    Modern English usage

  • 6 illiterate — ► ADJECTIVE 1) unable to read or write. 2) ignorant in a particular subject or activity; politically illiterate. DERIVATIVES illiteracy noun illiterately adverb …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 illiterate — index unversed Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 8 illiterate — adj unlettered, uneducated, untaught, *ignorant, untutored, unlearned Antonyms: literate Contrasted words: taught, instructed, educated, schooled (see TEACH) …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 9 illiterate — [adj] unable to read well; lacking education benighted, catachrestic, ignorant, inerudite, solecistic, uneducated, unenlightened, ungrammatical, uninstructed, unlearned, unlettered, unread, unschooled, untaught, untutored; concept 402 Ant. able,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 10 illiterate — [[t]ɪlɪ̱tərət[/t]] illiterates 1) ADJ Someone who is illiterate does not know how to read or write. A large percentage of the population is illiterate. N COUNT An illiterate is someone who is illiterate. ...an educational centre for illiterates.… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 illiterate — adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Latin illiteratus, from in + litteratus literate Date: 15th century 1. having little or no education; especially unable to read or write < an illiterate population > 2. a. showing or marked by a lack of… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 12 illiterate — il|lit|e|rate1 [ıˈlıtərıt] adj 1.) someone who is illiterate has not learned to read or write 2.) badly written, in an uneducated way ▪ It was an illiterate letter, full of mistakes. 3.) economically/politically/scientifically etc illiterate… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 illiterate — illiterately, adv. illiterateness, n. /i lit euhr it/, adj. 1. unable to read and write: an illiterate group. 2. having or demonstrating very little or no education. 3. showing lack of culture, esp. in language and literature. 4. displaying a… …

    Universalium

  • 14 illiterate — adj. VERBS ▪ be ADVERB ▪ completely, totally ▪ almost, largely, virtually ▪ …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 15 illiterate — il|lit|er|ate [ ı lıt(ə)rət ] adjective 1. ) someone who is illiterate cannot read or write a ) illiterate writing contains a lot of grammar and spelling mistakes 2. ) lacking knowledge in a particular subject: technologically/politically… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 16 illiterate — adjective 1 someone who is illiterate has not learned to read or write 2 badly written, in an uneducated way: It was an illiterate letter, full of mistakes. 3 politically/scientifically etc illiterate knowing very little about politics, science… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 illiterate — UK [ɪˈlɪtərət] / US [ɪˈlɪt(ə)rət] adjective 1) a) someone who is illiterate cannot read or write b) illiterate writing contains a lot of grammar and spelling mistakes 2) lacking knowledge in a particular subject technologically/politically… …

    English dictionary

  • 18 illiterate — See illiterate, ignorant See literate, illiterate …

    Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • 19 illiterate — n. a functional illiterate * * * [ɪ lɪt(ə)rɪt] a functional illiterate …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 20 illiterate — [ɪ lɪt(ə)rət] adjective 1》 unable to read or write. 2》 ignorant in a particular subject or activity: politically illiterate. noun a person who is unable to read or write. Phrases functionally illiterate lacking the literacy necessary for coping… …

    English new terms dictionary