[in-tel-i-juh ns] /ɪnˈtɛl ɪ dʒəns/
capacity 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.
knowledge of an event, circumstance, etc., received or imparted; news; information.
the gathering or distribution of information, especially secret information.
interchange of information:
They have been maintaining intelligence with foreign agents for years.
Christian Science. a fundamental attribute of God, or infinite Mind.
(often initial capital letter) an intelligent being or spirit, especially an incorporeal one, as an angel.
the capacity for understanding; ability to perceive and comprehend meaning
good mental capacity: a person of intelligence
(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
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)
noun 1. a government department charged with obtaining intelligence, or information, especially for use by the armed forces.
noun 1. . 2. Obsolete. an employment agency for the placement of domestic help.
noun 1. a military officer responsible for collecting and processing data on hostile forces, weather, and terrain.
noun, Psychology. 1. an intelligence test score that is obtained by dividing mental age, which reflects the age-graded level of performance as derived from population norms, by chronological age and multiplying by 100: a score of 100 thus indicates a performance at exactly the normal level for that age group. Abbreviation: IQ. noun 1. a […]