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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While Lee’s characters occasionally can feel more like vehicles for debate and provocation than authentic people, there’s a probing intellect and energy to his writing that helps ignite the best moments of this world-premiere work. Lisa Deaderick, San Diego Union-Tribune, "11 things to do this weekend in San Diego: Bayside Summer Nights, Switchfoot Bro-Am, ‘Legendary Drag Queens of San Diego’," 28 June 2019 Use your skills, intellect and charm to get your way. Eugenia Last, The Mercury News, "Horoscopes: June 8, 2019," 8 June 2019 This time Geoffrey Elton combined an unequaled grasp of the voluminous archives of the period with a powerful intellect, a trenchant prose style, and supreme self-confidence. Keith Thomas, The New York Review of Books, "The Power Broker," 17 Jan. 2019 But when Payne-Townshend squares her shoulders, Shaw must marshal every ounce of his intellect to answer her challenges. Daryl H. Miller, latimes.com, "The 99-Seat Beat: Celebrate Women's History Month with L.A.'s theaters," 23 Mar. 2018 But Stephenson foresees no arid desert of sterile intellect, only an extension of the human heart, in a touching final image. Paul Di Filippo, Dallas News, "In Neal Stephenson's 'Fall,' there is life after death," 18 June 2019 If there has ever been a historical moment apt to foster optimism of the intellect, right now would not appear to be it. Lidija Haas, Harper's magazine, "New Books," 10 June 2019 The College Board’s new purpose, apparently, is to reduce students’ whole identities—not just their intellects—to numbers. Annie Abrams, The New Republic, "The College Board Hopes to Profit from “Adversity”," 6 June 2019 Consider how ideas passed down from your parents shape your intellect. Randon Rosenbohm, Allure, "What June's Taurus Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 29 May 2019

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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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