Intelligence



[in-tel-i-juh ns] /ɪnˈtɛl ɪ dʒəns/

noun
1.
capacity 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.
knowledge of an event, circumstance, etc., received or imparted; news; information.
5.
the gathering or distribution of information, especially secret information.
6.
Government.

7.
interchange of information:
They have been maintaining intelligence with foreign agents for years.
8.
Christian Science. a fundamental attribute of God, or infinite Mind.
9.
(often initial capital letter) an intelligent being or spirit, especially an incorporeal one, as an angel.
/ɪnˈtɛlɪdʒəns/
noun
1.
the capacity for understanding; ability to perceive and comprehend meaning
2.
good mental capacity: a person of intelligence
3.
(old-fashioned) news; information
4.
military information about enemies, spies, etc
5.
a group or department that gathers or deals with such information
6.
(often capital) an intelligent being, esp one that is not embodied
7.
(modifier) of or relating to intelligence: an intelligence network
n.

late 14c., “faculty of understanding,” from Old French intelligence (12c.), from Latin intelligentia, intellegentia “understanding, power of discerning; art, skill, taste,” from intelligentem (nominative intelligens) “discerning,” present participle of intelligere “to understand, comprehend,” from inter- “between” (see inter-) + legere “choose, pick out, read” (see lecture (n.)).

Meaning superior understanding, sagacity” is from early 15c. Sense of “information, news” first recorded mid-15c., especially “secret information from spies” (1580s). Intelligence quotient first recorded 1921 (see I.Q.).

intelligence in·tel·li·gence (ĭn-těl’ə-jəns)
n.

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