What does intellect mean?

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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.

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. Wyndham Lewis:

    When we say science we can either mean any manipulation of the inventive and organizing power of the human intellect: or we can mean such an extremely different thing as the religion of science, the vulgarized derivative from this pure activity manipulated by a sort of priestcraft into a great religious and political weapon.

  2. Chuck Grassley:

    For more than three decades, Justice Kennedy served with great distinction on the Supreme Court of the United States, i expect the President will soon nominate someone for the Senate to consider. I encourage the President to choose a nominee with the credentials, intellect and commitment to the rule of law necessary to serve on Supreme Court.

  3. Herbert Spencer:

    Opinion is ultimately determined by the feelings, and not by the intellect.

  4. Marco Rubio:

    Obviously they have to be someone that has the intellect, educational credentials and the like and I’m sure whoever he nominates will.

  5. South African:

    A man of extraordinary intellect, integrity and invincibility against the forces of apartheid, he was also tender and vulnerable in his compassion for those who had suffered oppression, injustice and violence under apartheid, and oppressed and downtrodden people around the world.

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