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illiterate

1 adjective
     
il‧lit‧e‧rate1
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

knowing very little about economics, politics etc
illiteracy noun [uncountable]
WORD FOCUS: read WORD FOCUS: read
to read parts of something: dip into, flick/leaf through, browse through

to read something quickly: skim, scan

to read something carefully: pore over, scrutinize

to read something long and boring: plough through British English/plow through American English, wade through

clear enough to read: legible

not clear enough to read: illegible

someone who is unable to read: illiterate

someone who likes reading very much: bookworm


See also
read

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