intellect

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noun in·tel·lect \ ˈin-tə-ˌlekt \

Definition of intellect

1 a :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

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

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Origin and Etymology of intellect

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


INTELLECT Defined for English Language Learners

intellect

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

intellectual

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intellectually

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