Definitions for intellectˈɪn tlˌɛkt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

in•tel•lect*ˈɪn tlˌɛkt(n.)

  1. the faculty of the mind by which one knows or understands, as distinguished from that by which one feels or wills; capacity for thinking and acquiring knowledge.

  2. capacity for thinking and acquiring knowledge of a high or complex order.

  3. a particular mind or intelligence, esp. of a high order.

  4. a person possessing a great capacity for thought and knowledge.

  5. minds collectively.

* Syn: See mind.

Origin of intellect:

1350–1400; ME < L intellēctus percerption, n. use of ptp. of intelleg(ere) to understand; see intelligent


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

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. intellect(noun)ˈɪn tlˌɛkt

    sb's ability to think and understand

    ***my admiration of her intellect

  2. intellectˈɪn tlˌɛkt

    a very intelligent person

    one of the country's greatest intellects


  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

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Intellect

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

Translations for intellect

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the thinking power of the mind

He was a person of great intellect.

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