WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
in•tel•li•gence /ɪnˈtɛlɪdʒəns/USA pronunciation n. [uncountable]
  1. Psychologycapacity for learning, reasoning, and understanding:Do computers have any intelligence?
  2. mental alertness or quickness of understanding:writes with intelligence and wit.
  3. Government, news received or given, esp. about an enemy.
  4. Governmentan organization that gathers such information:military intelligence.
See -leg-.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

intelligence /ɪnˈtɛlɪdʒəns/ n
  1. the capacity for understanding; ability to perceive and comprehend meaning
  2. old-fashioned news; information
  3. military information about enemies, spies, etc
  4. a group or department that gathers or deals with such information
  5. (often capital) an intelligent being, esp one that is not embodied
  6. (modifier) of or relating to intelligence: an intelligence network
Etymology: 14th Century: from Latin intellegentia, from intellegere to discern, comprehend, literally: choose between, from inter- + legere to choose

inˌtelliˈgential adj

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