WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
in•tel•li•gence /ɪnˈtɛlɪdʒəns/USA pronunciation
n. [uncountable]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
- Psychologycapacity for learning, reasoning, and understanding:Do computers have any intelligence?
- mental alertness or quickness of understanding:writes with intelligence and wit.
- Government, news received or given, esp. about an enemy.
- Governmentan organization that gathers such information:military intelligence.
(in tel′i jəns), n.
- Psychologycapacity for learning, reasoning, understanding, and similar forms of mental activity;
aptitude in grasping truths, relationships, facts, meanings, etc.
- manifestation of a high mental capacity:He writes with intelligence and wit.
- the faculty of understanding.
- Governmentknowledge of an event, circumstance, etc., received or imparted; news;
- Governmentthe gathering or distribution of information, esp. secret information.
- information about an enemy or a potential enemy.
- the evaluated conclusions drawn from such information.
Governmentinterchange of information:They have been maintaining intelligence with foreign agents for years.
Religion[Christian Science.]a fundamental attribute of God, or infinite Mind.
(often cap.) an intelligent being or spirit, esp. an incorporeal one, as an angel.
- an organization or agency engaged in gathering such information:military intelligence;
1 . See mind. 2 . discernment, reason, acumen, aptitude, penetration.
2 . stupidity.
- Latin intelligentia. See intelligent, -ence
- Middle English 1350–1400
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
intelligence /ɪnˈtɛlɪdʒəns/ n
Etymology: 14th Century: from Latin intellegentia, from intellegere to discern, comprehend, literally: choose between, from inter- + legere to chooseinˌtelliˈgential adj
- the capacity for understanding; ability to perceive and comprehend meaning
- old-fashioned news; information
- military information about enemies, spies, etc
- a group or department that gathers or deals with such information
- (often capital) an intelligent being, esp one that is not embodied
- (modifier) of or relating to intelligence: an intelligence network
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