1 adjective
in‧tel‧lec‧tual1 W3
1 relating to the ability to understand things and think intelligently [↪ mental]
intellectual development/ability/activity etc
a job that requires considerable intellectual effort
2 an intellectual person is well-educated and interested in serious ideas and subjects such as science, literature etc [↪ academic]:
Mark's very intellectual.
3 needing serious thought in order to be understood:
an intellectual film
intellectually adverb:
intellectually stimulating
intelligentWORD FOCUS: intelligent WORD FOCUS: intelligent
similar words: clever especially BrE/smart especially AmE good at learning or understanding things quickly
intelligent - used especially about young people
a brilliant scientist, writer, student, historian etc is extremely intelligent and does very good work
informal very intelligent and good at studying
a gifted child is extremely intelligent
a wise person has a lot of experience and knowledge, and can give good advice
/crafty good at using your intelligence to trick people

intelligent people: genius someone who is extremely intelligent and has great ideas
someone who is well-educated and interested in art, science, or literature at a high level
a country's intellectuals, considered as a single group

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