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Definition of intelligence noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1the ability to learn, understand and think in a logical way about things; the ability to do this well a person of high/average/low intelligence He didn't even have the intelligence to call for an ambulance. see also artificial intelligence, emotional intelligence
  2. 2secret information that is collected, for example about a foreign country, especially one that is an enemy; the people that collect this information intelligence reports the Central Intelligence Agency intelligence sources (= people who give this information) the head of military intelligence
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