What does intelligence mean?

Definitions for intelligence
ɪnˈtɛl ɪ dʒənsin·tel·li·gence

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. intelligence(noun)

    the ability to comprehend; to understand and profit from experience

  2. intelligence, intelligence service, intelligence agency(noun)

    a unit responsible for gathering and interpreting information about an enemy

  3. intelligence, intelligence information(noun)

    secret information about an enemy (or potential enemy)

    "we sent out planes to gather intelligence on their radar coverage"

  4. news, intelligence, tidings, word(noun)

    information about recent and important events

    "they awaited news of the outcome"

  5. intelligence, intelligence activity, intelligence operation(noun)

    the operation of gathering information about an enemy

GCIDE

  1. Intelligence(n.)

    (Mil.) The division within a military organization that gathers and evaluates information about an enemy.

    Etymology: [F. intelligence, L. intelligentia, intellegentia. See Intelligent.]

Wiktionary

  1. intelligence(Noun)

    Capacity of mind, especially to understand principles, truths, facts or meanings, acquire knowledge, and apply it to practice; the ability to learn and comprehend.

    Etymology: From intelligence.

  2. intelligence(Noun)

    An entity that has such capacities.

    Etymology: From intelligence.

  3. intelligence(Noun)

    Information, usually secret, about the enemy or about hostile activities.

    Etymology: From intelligence.

  4. intelligence(Noun)

    A political or military department, agency or unit designed to gather information, usually secret, about the enemy or about hostile activities.

    Etymology: From intelligence.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Intelligence(noun)

    the act or state of knowing; the exercise of the understanding

    Etymology: [F. intelligence, L. intelligentia, intellegentia. See Intelligent.]

  2. Intelligence(noun)

    the capacity to know or understand; readiness of comprehension; the intellect, as a gift or an endowment

    Etymology: [F. intelligence, L. intelligentia, intellegentia. See Intelligent.]

  3. Intelligence(noun)

    information communicated; news; notice; advice

    Etymology: [F. intelligence, L. intelligentia, intellegentia. See Intelligent.]

  4. Intelligence(noun)

    acquaintance; intercourse; familiarity

    Etymology: [F. intelligence, L. intelligentia, intellegentia. See Intelligent.]

  5. Intelligence(noun)

    knowledge imparted or acquired, whether by study, research, or experience; general information

    Etymology: [F. intelligence, L. intelligentia, intellegentia. See Intelligent.]

  6. Intelligence(noun)

    an intelligent being or spirit; -- generally applied to pure spirits; as, a created intelligence

    Etymology: [F. intelligence, L. intelligentia, intellegentia. See Intelligent.]

Freebase

  1. Intelligence

    Intelligence has been defined in many different ways including, but not limited to, abstract thought, understanding, self-awareness, communication, reasoning, learning, having emotional knowledge, retaining, planning, and problem solving. Intelligence is most widely studied in humans, but has also been observed in animals and in plants. Artificial intelligence is the simulation of intelligence in machines. Within the discipline of psychology, various approaches to human intelligence have been adopted. The psychometric approach is especially familiar to the general public, as well as being the most researched and by far the most widely used in practical settings.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. intelligence

    The grand inquisitor that tortures from every truth the confession that it lies, and from every lie a confession of its divine necessity.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Intelligence

    The ability to learn and to deal with new situations and to deal effectively with tasks involving abstractions.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. intelligence

    The product resulting from the collection, processing, integration, evaluation, analysis, and interpretation of available information concerning foreign nations, hostile or potentially hostile forces or elements, or areas of actual or potential operations. The term is also applied to the activity which results in the product and to the organizations engaged in such activity. See also acoustic intelligence; all-source intelligence; basic intelligence; combat intelligence; communications intelligence; critical intelligence; current intelligence; departmental intelligence; domestic intelligence; electronic intelligence; electro-optical intelligence; foreign intelligence; foreign instrumentation signals intelligence; general military intelligence; human resources intelligence; imagery intelligence; joint intelligence; laser intelligence; measurement and signature intelligence; medical intelligence; military intelligence; national intelligence; nuclear intelligence; open-source intelligence; operational intelligence; political intelligence; radar intelligence; scientific and technical intelligence; security intelligence; strategic intelligence; tactical intelligence; target intelligence; technical intelligence; technical operational intelligence; terrain intelligence.

Editors Contribution

  1. intelligence

    A form of data, facts, information, proof, research and statistics.

    They used the intelligence to reason efficiently and logically.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 11, 2020  
  2. intelligence

    The ability to feel, know and understand intuitively.

    Intelligence is a gift, to be used wisely.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 11, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'intelligence' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2833

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'intelligence' in Nouns Frequency: #1230

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How to say intelligence in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of intelligence in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of intelligence in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of intelligence in a Sentence

  1. James Scott:

    I see the impossible work being done by of my friends at the federal agencies, the Pentagon, NATO, Five Eyes and the intelligence community. They are doing the impossible, for the ungrateful and with a fraction of the budgets required to render a viable defense.

  2. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    Speak the language of high intelligence, and thus you speak the language of God.

  3. Iraq CentCom:

    The IG has a responsibility to investigate all allegations made and we welcome and support their independent oversight, while we cannot comment on ongoing investigations, we can speak to the process and about the valued contributions of the Intelligence Community (IC). The IC routinely produces a wide range of subjective assessments related to the current security environment.

  4. State John Kerry:

    Let me underscore the alternative to the deal we have reached is not -- as I've seen some ads on TV suggesting disingenuously -- it isn't a 'better deal', some sort of unicorn arrangement involving Iran's complete capitulation, that is a fantasy plain and simple, that our own intelligence community will tell you that.

  5. Raymond Chandler:

    Chess is as elaborate a waste of human intelligence as you can find outside an advertising agency.

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  • معلومات, ذكاء, جهاز المخابراتArabic
  • аҡылBashkir
  • llestesa, seny, intel·ligènciaCatalan, Valencian
  • inteligence, rozvědka, zpravodajská službaCzech
  • efterretninger, intelligens, efterretningstjenesteDanish
  • Sicherheitsdienst, Geheimdienstinformationen, intelligentes Leben, Nachrichtendienst, Geheimdienst, IntelligenzGerman
  • υπηρεσία πληροφοριών, πληροφορία, ευφυΐα, νοημοσύνηGreek
  • inteligento, inteligentecoEsperanto
  • inteligenciaSpanish
  • luureandmed, haritlane, luure, arukusEstonian
  • هوشPersian
  • sotilastiedustelu, tiedustelutieto, älykkyys, älyFinnish
  • fregnartænasta, vitFaroese
  • intelligence, renseignementsFrench
  • מודיעין, שכל, אגף המודיעין, אינטליגנציהHebrew
  • बुद्धिHindi
  • hírszerzés, intelligenciaHungarian
  • խելք, բանականությունArmenian
  • inteligentesoIdo
  • greindIcelandic
  • intelligenzaItalian
  • 情報機関, 情報, 知力Japanese
  • 지혜, 이해력, 情報, 정보Korean
  • ingenium, nūntius, intelligentiaLatin
  • inteligencijaLithuanian
  • gudrība, saprātsLatvian
  • интелиге́нција, разузна́вање, разузна́вачка слу́жбаMacedonian
  • оюун ухаанMongolian
  • inlichtingendienst, inlichting, intelligentie, wezenDutch
  • intelligensNorwegian
  • inteligencja, wywiadPolish
  • inteligênciaPortuguese
  • inteligență, judecatăRomanian
  • интеллиге́нция, интеллиге́нтность, интелле́кт, разве́дка, све́дения, разве́дывательные да́нные, разведда́нныеRussian
  • प्रज्ञाSanskrit
  • inteligencija, obavještajna službaSerbo-Croatian
  • obveščevalna služba, inteligencaSlovene
  • zbulimitAlbanian
  • underrättelse, underrättelsetjänst, intelligensSwedish
  • మేధస్సుTelugu
  • ปรีชา, สมอง, เมธาThai
  • istihbarat, akıllı yaşam, istihbarat teşkilatı, zekâTurkish
  • розві́дкаUkrainian
  • שׂכלYiddish
  • 情报Chinese

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