intelligence

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noun in·tel·li·gence \in-ˈte-lə-jən(t)s\

Definition of intelligence

  1. 1 a (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 (as tests) b Christian Science :  the basic eternal quality of divine Mind c :  mental acuteness :  shrewdness

  2. 2 a :  an intelligent entity; especially :  angel b :  intelligent minds or mind <cosmic intelligence>

  3. 3 :  the act of understanding :  comprehension

  4. 4 a :  information, news b :  information concerning an enemy or possible enemy or an area; also :  an agency engaged in obtaining such information

  5. 5 :  the ability to perform computer functions

Examples of intelligence in a sentence

  1. She impressed us with her superior intelligence.

  2. a person of average intelligence

  3. gathering intelligence about a neighboring country's activities

Origin and Etymology of intelligence

Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin intelligentia, from intelligent-, intelligens intelligent


First Known Use: 14th century



INTELLIGENCE Defined for English Language Learners

intelligence

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noun in·tel·li·gence \in-ˈte-lə-jən(t)s\

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

intelligence

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noun in·tel·li·gence \in-ˈte-lə-jəns\

Definition of intelligence for Students

  1. 1 :  the ability to learn and understand <The test measures intelligence.>

  2. 2 :  secret information collected about an enemy or a possible enemy


Medical Dictionary

intelligence

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noun in·tel·li·gence \in-ˈtel-ə-jən(t)s\

Medical Definition of intelligence

  1. 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. 2:  mental acuteness

intelligent

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intelligently

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