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Intelligence is a member of the word family intelligent, included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the noun intelligence

What does intelligence mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: intelligences

  1. the ability to comprehend; to understand and profit from experience
  2. a unit responsible for gathering and interpreting information about an enemy
  3. secret information about an enemy (or potential enemy)
    • example: we sent out planes to gather intelligence on their radar coverage
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonym of intelligence: intelligence information
    • more generic words: info / information = a message received and understood
    • more specific term: military intelligence = information about the armed forces of another country that is useful in planning and conducting military policy or military operations
  4. information about recent and important events
  5. the operation of gathering information about an enemy

Alternative definition of the noun intelligence


  1. [uncountable] Capacity of mind, especially to understand principles, truths, facts or meanings, acquire knowledge, and apply it to practice; the ability to learn and comprehend.
  2. [countable] An entity that has such capacities.
  3. [uncountable] Information, usually secret, about the enemy or about hostile activities.
  4. [countable] A political or military department, agency or unit designed to gather such information.


  1. Intelligence is an American cyber-themed action-adventure television series that aired on CBS in the United States. It premiered on January 7, 2014, and on May 10, 2014, CBS canceled the show after only one season.
  2. Intelligence is a Vancouver-based television crime drama starring Ian Tracey and Klea Scott that aired on the CBC. With its pilot first airing on November 28, 2005, the series began regular broadcasting on October 10, 2006. CBC reaired the pilot on June 7, 2007 and began broadcasting reruns of season one on Fridays starting on June 8, 2007. A second season then aired from October 2007, concluding in December that same year. The series was produced by Haddock Entertainment, which also produced Da Vinci's Inquest and Da Vinci's City Hall.
  3. "Intelligence" is a short film starring Milo Ventimiglia, directed by Allen Martinez, played in a dozen festivals in 2006 and at 7 of these festivals such as Silver Lake Film Festival, MethodFest, LA ShortsFest and the Libertas Film Festival in Croatia. It won 5 awards and 3 nominations.
  4. "Intelligence" is a 1999 drama directed and written by Kevin McMahon.
    • producer: Kevin McMahon
    • award: - Gemini Award for Best Direction in a Documentary Program or Series nomination for Kevin McMahon


  1. "Intelligence" is a written work.
    • author: Ian Deary
    • released on (14 years ago)
  2. "Intelligence" is a book by Martin A. Fischler.
    • also known as "Intelligence: the eye, the brain, and the computer"
  3. "Intelligence" is a book by Hans Eysenck.
    • also known as "Intelligence: a new look"
  4. "Intelligence" is a book by Pierre Rousselot.
    • also known as "Intelligence: sense of being, faculty of God"
  5. "Intelligence" is a book by P. A. Vroon.
    • also known as "Intelligence: on myths and measurement"

There are many other writings with this title.


Intelligence is a Patience game which uses two decks of playing cards mixed together. It is basically a two-deck version of another solitaire game La Belle Lucie and its game play is somewhat closer to the parent game than its cousins House in the Wood and House on the Hill.


Intelligence a.k.a. I.N.T.E.L.L.I.G.E.N.C.E. is a fictional character from the 2004 action comedy film Team America: World Police.


"Intelligence" is a musical album of DJ Rap & Voyager, Voyager, DJ Rap.

  • released in (21 years ago)


Intelligence a.k.a. The Intelligence is a lo-fi post-punk band from Seattle, founded by Lars Finberg, drummer of the A Frames.


  1. Intelligence has been defined in many different ways such as in terms of one's capacity for logic, abstract thought, understanding, self-awareness, communication, learning, emotional knowledge, memory, planning, creativity and problem solving. It can also be more generally described as the ability to perceive and/or retain knowledge or information and apply it to itself or other instances of knowledge or information creating referable understanding models of any size, density, or complexity, due to any conscious or subconscious imposed will or instruction to do so.
    • also known as Anlak, अंतश्चेतना
  2. Intelligence is a peer-reviewed academic journal of psychology that covers intelligence and psychometrics. It is published by Elsevier and is the official journal of the International Society for Intelligence Research.The journal was established in 1977 and the editor in chief is Douglas K. Detterman. As of 2010, it is publishing articles within an average of 10.6 weeks of acceptance.
  3. The Intelligence was a weekly newspaper published in Bowral, New South Wales in 1884.

Phrases with Intelligence

Phrases starting with the word Intelligence:

  1. intelligence cell
  2. intelligence test
  3. intelligence agent
  4. Intelligence Asset
  5. intelligence agency
  6. intelligence analyst
  7. intelligence officer
  8. intelligence service
  9. intelligence activity
  10. intelligence quotient

Phrases ending with the word Intelligence:

  1. army intelligence
  2. adult intelligence
  3. Fluid Intelligence
  4. combat intelligence
  5. verbal intelligence
  6. current intelligence
  7. signals intelligence
  8. terrain intelligence
  9. Adaptive Intelligence
  10. Business intelligence

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Intelligence

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Google previewCreative Intelligence Is a Part of Inspiration (2017)

GKTecvision, Inc. by Karnati Kiran

(REATIVE INTELLIGENCE IS A PART OF INS PIRATION GKTECVISION, INC. KARNATI KIRAN (N) notionpress Notion Press First Published by Notion Press 2017 Copyright ©...

Google previewThe Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Individual Differences (2011)

by Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, Sophie von Stumm, Adrian Furnham

Logical-mathematical intelligence refers to one's reasoning ability, logic, and numerical fluency.

Google previewBuilding Resilient Students (2002)

Integrating Resiliency Into What You Already Know and Do by Kate Thomsen

□ Verbal and linguistic intelligence is the capacity to use language, your own and others', to express your thoughts and to understand others' thoughts. A writer, orator, speaker, lawyer, or a person for whom language is an important stock ...

Google previewNew Perspectives on Consumer Culture Theory and Research (2013)

by Pavel Zahrádka, Renáta Sedláková

Mass intelligence is a simple, arbitrary sum of all of those traces, read and collected by a machine (a synthetic algorithm), quantified, packed as commodity and sold as a number of clicks, likes, displays, impressions etc. It doesn't deal with ...

Google previewTransitions Through the Life Span Telecourse Study Guide (2004)

by Kathleen Stassen Berger, Coast Learning Systems

Crystallized intelligence is the accumulation of facts, information, and knowledge that comes with education and experience within a particular culture. (p. 524; video lesson, segment 2; objective 1) 6. Analytic intelligence refers to mental ...

Google previewMindshare (2012)

Igniting Creativity and Innovation Through Design Intelligence by Nikos Acuna

Design intelligence is the unique and optimal pattern that emerges through creativity and innovation. It's not to be...

Design intelligence means that an optimal state is inherent within—but only through measuring its present results. This is most clearly...

Design intelligence is an apparent potentiality. For instance , this book ...

Google previewContemporary Intellectual Assessment, Third Edition (2012)

Theories, Tests, and Issues by Dawn P. Flanagan, Patti L. Harrison

Intelligence means organization of ideas, manifold interconnection of all those ideas which ought to enter into a unitary group...

Intelligence is the power of using categories, it is knowledge of the relations of things.

Intelligence is an outward view of things, never reaching the actual reality...

Google previewThe Developing Person Through the Life Span Study Guide (2004)

by Richard O. Straub, Kathleen Stassen Berger

Crystallized intelligence is the accumulation of facts and knowledge that comes...

Practical intelligence refers to the intellectual skills used in everyday problem solving and is identified in Sternberg's theory. c. & d. These are two ...

Google previewLeading With the Brain in Mind (2003)

101 Brain-Compatible Practices for Leaders by Michael H. Dickmann, Nancy Stanford-Blair, Anthea Rosati-Bojar

Intelligence is a physiological process: The capacity to learn and achieve operates on a biological platform of cells. circuits. and chemicals in the brain, It is a platform that is big. mind-body connected. high maintenance. and malleable. Virtually ...

Google previewIntroductory Psychology (2012)

by R.B. Burns, C.B. Dobson

Intelligence is a concept which may mean all things to all men, and a plethora of definitions have been proposed from time to time, each with its...

Google previewIntroduction to the Counseling Profession (2017)

by David Capuzzi

intelligence is a single, generalized (likely inherited) human ability that underlies all human functioning.

Google previewPlant Behaviour and Intelligence (2014)

by Anthony Trewavas

Intelligence is the apt application of information, technique or structure to the situation of the individual. Adaptation is the apt application of...

Google previewStrategic Management Communication for Leaders (2010)

by Robyn Walker

intrapersonal intelligence is a correlative ability to interpersonal intelligence. Interpersonal intelligence is the ability to understand other people: what motivates them, how they work, and how to work cooperatively ...

Google previewSoft Computing in Engineering Design and Manufacturing (1998)

by Pravir K. Chawdhry, Rajkumar Roy, Raj K. Pant

Fluid intelligence is the ability to develop techniques for solving problems that are new and unusual, from the perspective of the problem solver. Crystallised intelligence is the ability to bring previously acquired, often culturally defined, ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of United States Intelligence (2014)

by Michael A. Turner

“National technical means” refers to the aggregate of technological methodologies for collecting intelligence information. Examples of national technical means are: intercepting diplomatic communications (signals intelligence—SIGINT), ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Air Intelligence (2009)

by Glenmore S. Trenear-Harvey

AFESC Air Force Electronic Security Command AFOSI Air Force Office of Special Investigations AFSA Armed Forces Security Agency AFSS Air Force Security Service AIA Air Intelligence Agency ARIES Airborne Reconnaissance Integrated ...

Google previewThe International Dictionary of Artificial Intelligence (1999)

by William J. Raynor, William Raynor

Although it has no understanding of the conversation, it is able give the appearance of intelligence by repeating back earlier assertions that contain key words in the form of ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of World War II Intelligence (2007)

by Nigel West

West's dossier on Engels had been supplied to him by the local British Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) station commander, Comdr. Philip Johns, who had run two double agents against him. The first was Hans von Kotze, a German aristocrat ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Intelligence and Counterintelligence (2015)

by Rodney Carlisle

Wing and Squadron intelligence staff provide current intelligence briefings to the pilots, deliver contingency briefings during heightened activity and deployments, and build and maintain target folders. Squadron intelligence officers also debrief ...

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Quotes about Intelligence

But if one observes, one will see that the body has its own intelligence; it requires a great deal of intelligence to observe the intelligence of the body. (Krishnamurti)
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The value of this 12-letter word is 15 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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