intel

noun

in·​tel ˈin-ˌtel How to pronounce intel (audio)
: 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 data
an intel briefing

Examples of intel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Once in orbit, the Space Force will use the two spacecraft to run through scenarios that could be perceived as threatening in space, whether that be a satellite aiming to destroy a U.S. spacecraft or spying on a U.S. military satellite in an attempt to gather intel. Passant Rabie / Gizmodo, Quartz, 13 Apr. 2024 By both sides agreeing to do this now, the Hornets can jumpstart the process of sifting through candidates and gathering any pertinent intel before other teams start doing the same. Roderick Boone, Charlotte Observer, 4 Apr. 2024 The Hollywood Reporter has gathered intel on all the starry happenings around town below. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 Mar. 2024 Acting on police intel, Miami-Dade officers flooded the streets in search of the victim’s car, Officer Alvaro Zabaleta, a police spokesman, told reporters near the crash scene. Omar Rodríguez Ortiz, Miami Herald, 26 Feb. 2024 Playful teasing might have evolved to help our ape ancestors gather crucial intel on their family’s and friends’ thoughts. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 14 Feb. 2024 Inoculate yourself against ignorance with intel, charts, and surprising discoveries. Morgan Haefner, Quartz, 12 Feb. 2024 After securing the necessary intel, the Kid goes undercover as a dishwasher and then waiter at an elite club run by ruthless manager Queenie (Ashwini Kalsekar) and frequented by the most powerful people in Yatana, including Rana (Sikandar Kher), the police officer who killed his mother. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Mar. 2024 This intel can help inform the public about what’s happening with their deer herds. Katie Hill, Outdoor Life, 29 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1961, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of intel was in 1961

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“Intel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intel. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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