WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
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-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
in•tel•li•gence  (in teli jəns), 
  1. Psychologycapacity for learning, reasoning, understanding, and similar forms of mental activity;
    aptitude in grasping truths, relationships, facts, meanings, etc.
  2. manifestation of a high mental capacity:He writes with intelligence and wit.
  3. the faculty of understanding.
  4. Governmentknowledge of an event, circumstance, etc., received or imparted; news;
  5. Governmentthe gathering or distribution of information, esp. secret information.
  6. [Govt.]
      • information about an enemy or a potential enemy.
      • the evaluated conclusions drawn from such information.
      • an organization or agency engaged in gathering such information:military intelligence;
        naval intelligence.
  7. Governmentinterchange of information:They have been maintaining intelligence with foreign agents for years.
  8. Religion[Christian Science.]a fundamental attribute of God, or infinite Mind.
  9. (often cap.) an intelligent being or spirit, esp. an incorporeal one, as an angel.
  • Latin intelligentia. See intelligent, -ence
  • Middle English 1350–1400
1 . See mind.  2 . discernment, reason, acumen, aptitude, penetration. 2 . stupidity.

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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