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Definition of intelligent adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1good at learning, understanding, and thinking in a logical way about things; showing this ability a highly intelligent child to ask an intelligent question opposite unintelligent
  2. 2(of an animal, a being, etc.) able to understand and learn things a search for intelligent life on other planets
  3. 3(computing) (of a computer, program, etc.) able to store information and use it in new situations intelligent software/systems
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Thesaurusintelligentsmart brilliant bright sharpThese words all describe people who are good at learning, understanding, and thinking about things, and the actions that show this ability.intelligent good at learning, understanding, and thinking in a logical way about things; showing this ability:He's a highly intelligent man. She asked a lot of intelligent quick at learning and understanding things; showing the ability to make good business or personal decisions:She's smarter than her brother. That was a smart career move.brilliant extremely intelligent or skillful:She's a brilliant young scientist.bright intelligent; quick to learn:He's probably the brightest student in the class. Bright is used especially to talk about young people. Common collocations of bright include girl, boy, kid, and bright:You're a pretty sharp kid.Patterns a(n) intelligent/smart/brilliant/bright/sharp child/kid/boy/girl a(n) intelligent/smart/brilliant man/woman a(n) intelligent/smart/brilliant thing to do
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