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ILLITERATE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does illiterate mean? 

ILLITERATE (noun)
  The noun ILLITERATE has 1 sense:

1. a person unable to read

  Familiarity information: ILLITERATE used as a noun is very rare.


ILLITERATE (adjective)
  The adjective ILLITERATE has 3 senses:

1. not able to read or write
2. uneducated in the fundamentals of a given art or branch of learning; lacking knowledge of a specific field
3. lacking culture, especially in language and literature

  Familiarity information: ILLITERATE used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


ILLITERATE (noun)


Sense 1illiterate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A person unable to read

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

illiterate; illiterate person; nonreader

Hypernyms ("illiterate" is a kind of...):

ignoramus; know nothing; uneducated person (an ignorant person)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "illiterate"):

analphabet; analphabetic (an illiterate person who does not know the alphabet)

functional illiterate (a person with some ability to read and write but not enough for daily practical needs)


ILLITERATE (adjective)


Sense 1illiterate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not able to read or write

Similar:

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)

Also:

uneducated (not having a good education)

Attribute:

literacy (the ability to read and write)

Antonym:

literate (able to read and write)


Sense 2illiterate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Uneducated in the fundamentals of a given art or branch of learning; lacking knowledge of a specific field

Synonyms:

ignorant; illiterate

Context examples:

she is ignorant of quantum mechanics / he is musically illiterate

Similar:

uneducated (not having a good education)


Sense 3illiterate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Lacking culture, especially in language and literature

Antonym:

literate (versed in literature; dealing with literature)


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