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
Bangladesh’s intelligence and security agencies have long been blamed for disappearance and secret detentions of scores of people, mostly those connected to the opposition.
The latest US intelligence assessment is that the North probably does not yet have that capability.
Now that you're dressed for the part, all that's left is to dazzle your interviewer with your intelligence, confidence and a winning smile — go land that job.
The search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) has been going for more than 50 years, with ever more sophisticated detection systems and creative ideas about how E.T. might come calling.
But what if someone creates a machine that truly passes the old Turing test, not through trickery but genuine intelligence?
Just last week, Bloomberg confirmed that hackers working for Russian military intelligence were trying to take over the computers of 122 local election officials just days before the Nov. 8 election.
The Obama administration had a lot of intelligence about Russian meddling in the election, its sources in the Kremlin, and its objectives.
Curiosity can now scan each new location and use artificial intelligence to find promising targets for its ChemCam.
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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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