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.

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. C. S. Lewis:

    Five senses; an incurably abstract intellect; a haphazardly selective memory; a set of preconceptions and assumptions so numerous that I can never examine more than minority of them - never become conscious of them all. How much of total reality can such an apparatus let through?

  2. Robert:

    This duality has been reflected in classical as well as modern literature as reason versus passion, or mind and the "unconscious." There are moments in each of our lives when our verbal-intellect suggests one course, and our "heart" or intuition, another.

  3. Albert Einstein:

    We should take care not to make the intellect our god it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality.

  4. John Stuart Mill, On Liberty, 1859:

    No one can be a great thinker who does not recognize that as a thinker it is his first duty to follow his intellect to whatever conclusions it may lead. Truth gains more even by the errors of one who, with due study, and preparation, thinks for himself, than by the true opinions of those who only hold them because they do not suffer themselves to think.

  5. Read MoreSchumer:

    In Read MoreSchumer 86 years, Dick truly led a remarkable life. Read MoreSchumer was a force of nature, gifted with a winning smile, and keen intellect that Read MoreSchumer applied to the benefit of California, America and even international causes, including the American Himalayan Foundation because Read MoreSchumer cared so much about those folks.

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