Definition of intelligence noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɪnˈtelɪdʒəns//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈtelɪdʒəns//
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  1. 1  the 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. 2  secret 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 US Central Intelligence Agency intelligence sources (= people who give this information) the head of military intelligence
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: via Old French from Latin intelligentia, from intelligere ‘understand’, from inter ‘between’ + legere ‘choose’.Extra examples At least he had the intelligence to turn off the gas. Computer scientists study artificial intelligence. He works for the French intelligence service. His unit was responsible for intelligence gathering in North Africa. Military intelligence is gathered using sophisticated technology. Please don’t insult my intelligence by lying to me. The FBI and the CIA need to share intelligence on terrorism. The consultancy focused on leadership and emotional intelligence. This essay shows considerable intelligence. We’ve obtained secret intelligence about enemy plans. a writer with an acute intelligence Don’t insult my intelligence. Each child had to do an intelligence test. He didn’t even have the intelligence to call for an ambulance. He’s head of military intelligence. I always thought of him as a man of limited intelligence. Intelligence sources report that a terrorist attack is highly probable. Is it really possible to measure intelligence? Language is crucial to the development of artificial intelligence. Most people of average intelligence would find this task quite difficult. Perhaps I underestimated your intelligence. Wakefulness in a baby is sometimes seen as a sign of intelligence. You will not be expected to know a great deal but you will need to show your intelligence.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: intelligence