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

GCIDE

  1. Intellectnoun

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

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

  2. Intellectnoun

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

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

Wiktionary

  1. intellectnoun

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

    Intellect is one of man's greatest powers.

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

  2. intellectnoun

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

    They were chosen because of their outstanding intellect.

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

  3. intellectnoun

    a person who has that faculty to a great degree

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

    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

    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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Numerology

  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. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    Intellect annuls fate. So far as a man thinks, he is free.

  2. Spotted Tail (Sioux Indian):

    My friends, your people have both intellect and heart; you use these to consider in what way you can do the best to live.

  3. Albert Einstein:

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

  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. President Donald Trump:

    Tremendous energy, tremendous intellect, we're always on the same wavelength, the relationship has been very good, and that's what I need as secretary of state.

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