in·​tel | \ˈin-ˌtel \

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 noun intel dataan intel briefing

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But aside from documentation, using a private email poses additional security risks, leaving sensitive government intel in jeopardy of being mismanaged. Emily Bloch, Teen Vogue, "Ivanka Trump Used Her Personal Email Account for Government Business," 20 Nov. 2018 Marketing its links to Israeli intel Black Cube made headlines last fall after revelations that it had been hired to intimidate and disparage accusers of Harvey Weinstein, as well as reporters investigating the Hollywood producer. Richard Engel, NBC News, "Black Cube: Inside the shadowy Israeli firm accused of trying to undermine the Iran deal," 25 May 2018 The report has continued to garner criticism from US intel chiefs and cybersecurity experts. Makena Kelly, The Verge, "Apple CEO Tim Cook calls for Bloomberg to retract Chinese spy chip report," 19 Oct. 2018 Lily tries to fix things with money, Blair and Serena with manipulation, and Chuck with lies and intel. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, "Every Single Episode of Gossip Girl, Ranked," 19 Sep. 2018 Trump’s switch is another sign of the White House’s chaotic policymaking that has plagued members of his Cabinet, who at times have had to change course on a dime, defend unpopular policy positions or operate with less-than-full intel. Washington Post, "The Health 202: Azar: We need to get migrant children out of HHS care as 'expeditiously' as possible," 21 June 2018 After weeks of gathering intel and an entire season spent studying the player pool, The Crossover’s Front Office has broken down needs and key information to keep in mind for every team going into draft night. Jeremy Woo,, "2018 NBA Draft: Needs for All 30 Teams," 15 June 2018 Opportunity was initially meant to be on a 90-day mission, but is still exploring Mars and sending back extraordinary images and intel on Mars. Gina Martinez, Time, "The Mars Opportunity Rover Has Defied All Odds for 15 Years. But Now, It Could Be in Danger," 6 July 2018 Hodges' main role, though, was assisting Pantoni and the recruiting staff in gathering intel on potential Ohio State targets, watching film, coordinating visits, tracking grades and setting up recruiting boards. Bill Landis,, "Ohio State football losing key recruiting staffer Eron Hodges to Purdue," 21 Apr. 2018

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1961, in the meaning defined above

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