Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: , present participle of intelligere, intellegere 'to understand', from inter- ( INTER-) + legere 'to gather, choose'


in‧tel‧li‧gent S3
1 an intelligent person has a high level of mental ability and is good at understanding ideas and thinking clearly:
a group of highly intelligent (=very intelligent) students
Sontag was once famously described as the most intelligent woman in America.
2 an intelligent comment, question, conversation etc shows that you have thought about something carefully and understand it well:
an intelligent question
You can't have an intelligent conversation with him.
3 an intelligent creature is able to think and understand:
Are there intelligent beings on other planets?
4 an intelligent machine, system etc is able to learn and use information
intelligently adverb
WORD 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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