intellect

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noun in·tel·lect \ˈin-tə-ˌlekt\

Definition of intellect

  1. 1a :  the power of knowing as distinguished from the power to feel and to will :  the capacity for knowledgeb :  the capacity for rational or intelligent thought especially when highly developed

  2. 2 :  a person with great intellectual powers

Examples of intellect in a sentence

  1. She is a woman of superior intellect.

  2. She has a sharp intellect.

  3. We were required to read a book every week in order to develop our intellects.

  4. music that appeals to the intellect while still satisfying the emotions

Origin and Etymology of intellect

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


First Known Use: 14th century


INTELLECT Defined for English Language Learners

intellect

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noun in·tel·lect \ˈin-tə-ˌlekt\

Definition of intellect for English Language Learners

  • : the ability to think in a logical way

  • : a very smart person : a person whose intellect is well developed


INTELLECT Defined for Kids

intellect

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noun in·tel·lect \ˈin-tə-ˌlekt\

Definition of intellect for Students

  1. 1 :  the ability to think and understand She has a superior intellect.

  2. 2 :  a person with great powers of thinking and reasoning


Medical Dictionary

intellect

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noun in·tel·lect \ˈint-əl-ˌekt\

Medical Definition of intellect

  1. 1:  the power of knowing as distinguished from the power to feel and to will :  the capacity for knowledge

  2. 2:  the capacity for rational or intelligent thought

intellectual

\ˌint-əl-ˈek-ch(ə-w)əl, -ˈeksh-wəl\play adjective

intellectually

adverb


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