intellect

noun
in·​tel·​lect | \ ˈin-tə-ˌlekt How to pronounce intellect (audio) \

Definition of intellect

1a : the power of knowing as distinguished from the power to feel and to will : the capacity for knowledge
b : the capacity for rational or intelligent thought especially when highly developed
2 : a person with great intellectual powers

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Examples of intellect in a Sentence

She is a woman of superior intellect. She has a sharp intellect. We were required to read a book every week in order to develop our intellects. music that appeals to the intellect while still satisfying the emotions
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Locke’s 1925 anthology, The New Negro, functioned as a celebration of his era in black art, intellect, and society. Constance Grady, Vox, "We read all 25 National Book Award finalists for 2018. Here’s what we thought.," 15 Nov. 2018 Library holdings have helped reassure me that values associated with reason, intellect and art really do tend to survive dark ages of various kinds. John Glassie, New York Times, "Codices, Termites and Floral Notes: The Wondrous Life of ‘The Library’," 1 June 2018 By appointing McCabe in 2016, Comey was seen as valuing intellect and management over experience in making cases. Adam Goldman And Matt Apuzzo, BostonGlobe.com, "FBI’s deputy director steps down under pressure," 29 Jan. 2018 Feed her intellect with books or subscriptions that resonate. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "Home Gift Ideas for Every Star Sign," 27 Nov. 2018 Everyone who has the slightest intellect and knowledge of the economy knows this. New York Times, "Turkey’s Economy Is So Hot That It May Face a Meltdown," 10 July 2018 Is there a question whether or not Justice McDonald has the intellect to be the chief justice? Sandra Gomez-aceves, courant.com, "Senate Debates Controversial Andrew McDonald Nomination Before Vote," 27 Mar. 2018 That dumpling baby had grown into the dearest of boys—sweet, tenderhearted, with a gifted intellect. Gayle Somers, WSJ, "Life Is Worth Living, Even if It Is Painful and Short," 21 Dec. 2018 Ford's intellect and deep knowledge of her field of psychology also did not go unnoticed. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Women Shared Their Reactions to Christine Blasey Ford's Powerful Testimony on Twitter," 27 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of intellect

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for intellect

Middle English, from Middle French or Latin; Middle French, from Latin intellectus, from intellegere to understand — more at intelligent

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intellect

noun

English Language Learners Definition of intellect

: the ability to think in a logical way
: a very smart person : a person whose intellect is well developed

intellect

noun
in·​tel·​lect | \ ˈin-tə-ˌlekt How to pronounce intellect (audio) \

Kids Definition of intellect

1 : the ability to think and understand She has a superior intellect.
2 : a person with great powers of thinking and reasoning

intellect

noun
in·​tel·​lect | \ ˈint-ᵊl-ˌekt How to pronounce intellect (audio) \

Medical Definition of intellect

1 : the power of knowing as distinguished from the power to feel and to will : the capacity for knowledge
2 : the capacity for rational or intelligent thought

Other Words from intellect

intellectual \ ˌint-​ᵊl-​ˈek-​ch(ə-​w)əl, -​ˈeksh-​wəl How to pronounce intellectual (audio) \ adjective
intellectually adverb

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