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ˈɪn tlˌɛktin·tel·lect

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. mind, intellectnoun

    knowledge and intellectual ability

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

  2. reason, understanding, intellectnoun

    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, intellectnoun

    a person who uses the mind creatively


  1. Intellectnoun

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

  2. Intellectnoun

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


  1. intellectnoun

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

    Intellect is one of man's greatest powers.

  2. intellectnoun

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

    They were chosen because of their outstanding intellect.

  3. intellectnoun

    a person who has that faculty to a great degree

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. INTELLECTnoun

    The intelligent mind; the power of understanding.

    Etymology: intellect, Fr. intellectus, Lat.

    All heart they live, all head, all eye, all ear,
    All intellect, all sense. John Milton.

    All those arts, rarities, and inventions, which vulgar minds gaze at, and the ingenious pursue, are but the reliques of an intellect defaced with sin and time. Robert South, Sermons.


  1. intellect

    Intellect is the mental capacity or faculty of an individual to gain knowledge and understanding through reasoning, perception, and intuition. It is the ability to think abstractly, analytically, and critically, as well as to solve problems and make decisions. Intellect is often associated with cognitive functions such as learning, awareness, comprehension, evaluation, and judgment.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Intellectnoun

    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. Etymology: [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.

Editors Contribution

  1. Intellect

    Knowledge comes from learning Wisdom comes from living.

    Submitted by anonymous on July 7, 2020  

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  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

Examples of intellect in a Sentence

  1. 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.


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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Andrea Scholer, author and philosopher:

    It is difficult for intellect, technology, and peace to coexist. Not because peace is static where the other two require constant stimulation. Peace can embrace change. It is because we live in a world where intellect and technology compete for power. And peace does not allow for inequality or competition.

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