Meaning of INTELLIGENCE in English

I. ə̇n.ˈteləjən(t)s noun

( -s )

Usage: often attributive

Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French, from Old French, from Latin intelligentia, from intelligent-, intelligens (present participle) + -ia -y — more at intelligent



(1) : the faculty of understanding : capacity to know or apprehend : intellect , reason

intelligence , which emerged during the revolutionary cycles of matter as the highest form yet achieved — Hermann Reith

conceived of history as the expression of a divine intelligence

(2) Christian Science : the basic eternal quality or divine Mind

b. : the available ability as measured by intelligence tests or by other social criteria to use one's existing knowledge to meet new situations and to solve new problems, to learn, to foresee problems, to use symbols or relationships, to create new relationships, to think abstractly : ability to perceive one's environment, to deal with it symbolically, to deal with it effectively, to adjust to it, to work toward a goal : the degree of one's alertness, awareness, or acuity : ability to use with awareness the mechanism of reasoning whether conceived as a unified intellectual factor or as the aggregate of many intellectual factors or abilities, as intuitive or as analytic, as organismic, biological, physiological, psychological, or social in origin and nature

c. : mental acuteness : sagacity , shrewdness

did all he was asked to do with intelligence and great good humor


a. : an intelligent being ; especially : an incorporeal spirit : angel

hierarchies of angelic intelligences — S.F.Mason

b. : a person of some intellectual capacity

all those intelligences we have agreed to call great — Times Literary Supplement

the greatest all-round intelligence writing in England — P.S.O'Hegarty


a. : the act of understanding : comprehension , knowledge

faith is necessary to the intelligence of the Christian mysteries — Encyc. Americana


(1) : information communicated : news , notice , advice

more weight is laid upon intelligence than on editorials — Horace Greeley

the joyful intelligence that there is hope — Georgina Grahame

from the engine-room voice tube came intelligence of more importance — M.S.Boylan

(2) : interchange of information : communication

accused of maintaining intelligence with the enemy

(3) obsolete : a piece of information — usually used in plural

(4) archaic : common understanding or mutual relations : acquaintance , intercourse

(5) : evaluated information concerning an enemy or possible enemy or a possible theater of operations and the conclusions drawn therefrom ; also : the section, agency, or persons engaged in obtaining such information : secret service

investigated me and told me I was qualified for Navy intelligence — T.F.Murphy

an intelligence bureau

available to American and allied intelligence organizations — L.W.Doob

Synonyms: see mind

II. transitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

obsolete : to bring tidings of (something) or to (someone)

III. noun

: the ability to perform computer functions

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