- 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.
- 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.
- 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 capacitya 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 intelligencean 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 ) + legere “choose, pick out, read” (see (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 ).
- The capacity to acquire and apply knowledge, especially toward a purposeful goal.
- An individual’s relative standing on two quantitative indices, namely measured intelligence, as expressed by an intelligence quotient, and effectiveness of adaptive behavior.