What does intellect mean?

Definitions for intellectˈɪn tlˌɛkt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word intellect.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. mind, intellect(noun)

    knowledge and intellectual ability

    "he reads to improve his mind"; "he has a keen intellect"

  2. reason, understanding, intellect(noun)

    the capacity for rational thought or inference or discrimination

    "we are told that man is endowed with reason and capable of distinguishing good from evil"

  3. intellectual, intellect(noun)

    a person who uses the mind creatively


  1. Intellect(n.)

    The capacity for higher forms of knowledge, as distinguished from the power to perceive objects in their relations; mental capacity.

  2. Intellect(n.)

    A particular mind, especially a person of high intelligence; as, he was a great intellect.

  3. Origin: [L. intellectus, fr. intelligere, intellectum, to understand: cf. intellect. See Intelligent.]


  1. intellect(Noun)

    the faculty of thinking, judging, abstract reasoning, and conceptual understanding (uncountable)

    Intellect is one of man's greatest powers.

  2. intellect(Noun)

    the capacity of that faculty (in a particular person) (uncountable)

    They were chosen because of their outstanding intellect.

  3. intellect(Noun)

    a person who has that faculty to a great degree

    Some of the world's leading intellects were meeting there.

  4. Origin: From intellectus, perfect passive participle of intellego, from inter + lego, with connotation of bind.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Intellect(noun)

    the part or faculty of the human soul by which it knows, as distinguished from the power to feel and to will; sometimes, the capacity for higher forms of knowledge, as distinguished from the power to perceive objects in their relations; the power to judge and comprehend; the thinking faculty; the understanding

  2. Origin: [L. intellectus, fr. intelligere, intellectum, to understand: cf. intellect. See Intelligent.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Intellect

    in′tel-lekt, n. the mind, in reference to its rational powers: the thinking principle: (pl., coll.) senses.—adj. In′tellected (Cowper), endowed with intellect.—n. Intellec′tion, the act of understanding: (philos.) apprehension or perception.—adjs. Intellect′ive, able to understand: produced or perceived by the understanding; Intellect′ual, of or relating to the intellect: perceived or performed by the intellect: having the power of understanding.—n. mental power.—v.t. Intellect′ualise, to reason intellectually: to endow with intellect: to give an intellectual character to.—ns. Intellect′ualism, the doctrine which derives all knowledge from pure reason: the culture of the intellect; Intellect′ualist; Intellectual′ity, intellectual power.—adv. Intellect′ually. [Fr.,—L.,—intelligĕre, to understand—inter, between, legĕre, to choose.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Intellect

    the faculty of clear and decisive intelligence, or of instant and sure perception.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of intellect in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of intellect in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage


    Action without proper intellect is harmful but Intellect without proper action is wasteful and Life without proper intellect and proper action is painful.

  2. Charles Scribner, Jr.:

    Language is the soul of intellect, and reading is the essential process by which that intellect is cultivated beyond the commonplace experiences of everyday life.

  3. Defense Secretary Ash Carter:

    He not only has plenty of operational and joint experience in Afghanistan, in Iraq and on the Joint staff, but he also has the intellect and vision to feed change throughout the Army.

  4. Mitch McConnell:

    Known for his searing intellect, fiercely competitive spirit, and quick wit, John Heyburn untangled countless legal knots and delivered sweeping legal opinions on cases of incredible complexity.

  5. Valeant Chief Executive Michael Pearson:

    I know his tremendous expertise in health care and in particular M&A, his unquestioned intellect, and work ethic and integrity will prove to be of great value to the Valeant organization and its shareholders.

Images & Illustrations of intellect

Translations for intellect

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for intellect »


Find a translation for the intellect definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these intellect definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:     


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"intellect." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2017. Web. 16 Oct. 2017. <http://www.definitions.net/definition/intellect>.

Are we missing a good definition for intellect? Don't keep it to yourself...

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for intellect:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.