Definition of intelligence
1a (1) : the ability to learn or understand or to deal with new or trying situations : reason; also : the skilled use of reason (2) : the ability to apply knowledge to manipulate one's environment or to think abstractly as measured by objective criteria (such as tests)b Christian Science : the basic eternal quality of divine Mindc : mental acuteness : shrewdness
3 : the act of understanding : comprehension
5 : the ability to perform computer functions
Examples of intelligence in a Sentence
She impressed us with her superior intelligence.
a person of average intelligence
gathering intelligence about a neighboring country's activities
Recent Examples of intelligence from the Web
Meanwhile European intelligence agencies have said Russia is using the same tactics in elections in France, the Netherlands, and Germany in favor of the populist candidates in those countries.
The U.S.-led coalition has shared intelligence with the unit and conducted airstrikes to facilitate their military operations.
The House intelligence committee's request for information from Cohen came as the investigators continued to scrutinize members of Trump's inner circle, including Flynn.
Qualcomm Inc.'s latest Snapdragon chip for smartphones has a module for handling artificial intelligence tasks, while Google announced its first chip, called the Tensor Processing Unit (TPU), in 2016.
TigerSwan’s internal reports and the intelligence briefings shared with law enforcement name dozens of DAPL opponents.
Numerous provinces and cities are spending billions on developing robotics, and a part of that funding is likely to go to artificial intelligence research.
Read More About the Twists and Turns in the Trump-Russia Probe U.S. intelligence agencies concluded last year that Russia used hacking and leaking of emails in an effort to harm Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and ultimately help Trump win.
Part of the reason for this system, Walton said, was the historical secrecy surrounding Britain's intelligence agencies, which officially didn't exist for much of the 20th century.
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Origin and Etymology of intelligence
Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin intelligentia, from intelligent-, intelligens intelligent
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
INTELLIGENCE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of intelligence for English Language Learners
: the ability to learn or understand things or to deal with new or difficult situations
: secret information that a government collects about an enemy or possible enemy; also : a government organization that collects such information
INTELLIGENCE Defined for Kids
Definition of intelligence for Students
1 : the ability to learn and understand The test measures intelligence.
2 : secret information collected about an enemy or a possible enemy
Medical Definition of intelligence
1a: the ability to learn or understand or to deal with new or trying situationsb: the ability to apply knowledge to manipulate one's environment or to think abstractly as measured by objective criteria (as tests)
2: mental acuteness
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