in·​tel | \ ˈin-ˌtel How to pronounce intel (audio) \

Definition of intel

: useful information concerning a subject of interest (such as an enemy) : intelligence Fresh and accurate intel would result in successful operations.— Darryl Young The airlines crave intel on your food allergies, your tolerance for G-forces and your propensity for air rage.— McKenzie Funk often used before another nounintel dataan intel briefing

Examples of intel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After all, what is gossip to one person may be career-saving intel for another. Reyhan Harmanci New York Times, Star Tribune, "Psst! Here's the latest on office gossip," 7 Sep. 2020 Chalk the blank white and navy fabric up to McCarthy’s desire to keep any intel on his new team and new scheme close to the vest. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, "Dallas Cowboys jerseys blank for first football broadcast under Mike McCarthy," 31 Aug. 2020 The program was so widely watched that its camera crews were granted access to the embassy site, producing footage that provided some of the leading intel to the men who planned Eagle Claw. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Revisiting the Disastrous Mission to Rescue American Hostages from Iran," 22 Aug. 2020 Just in case Bart would be called up to the majors — as if there was any doubt — he’d be updated on the intel of his new teammates. John Shea,, "Giants’ Joey Bart doubles for first big-league hit in 10-5 win over Angels," 21 Aug. 2020 Simply knowing where these birds go on their long treks makes for crucial intel as well. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Albatrosses Outfitted With GPS Trackers Detect Illegal Fishing Vessels," 27 Jan. 2020 A few days later, Johnson and his team performed a helicopter survey to gather more intel, and were able to snap several photos of the eagle parents and their eaglets. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Bald Eagles Found Nesting in Arizona Saguaro Cactus for First Time in Decades," 21 Apr. 2020 Royal sources revealed the intel to the Daily Mail's royal columnist Richard Eden. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Westminster Abbey Reportedly Won't Ring Its Bells for Meghan Markle's Birthday," 18 July 2020 On Monday in a press briefing, the White House claimed Mr. Trump was not briefed on the bounty intel. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: Biden says Trump "has a lot to answer for" on Russian bounty intel," 30 June 2020

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First Known Use of intel

1961, in the meaning defined above

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14 Sep 2020

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“Intel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2020.

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