- the ability to learn or understand from experience; ability to acquire and retain knowledge; mental ability
- the ability to respond quickly and effectively to a new situation; use of the faculty of reason in solving problems, directing conduct, etc.
- Psychol. measured success in using these abilities to perform certain tasks
- generally, any degree of keenness of mind, cleverness, shrewdness, etc.
- news or information
- the gathering of secret information, as for military or police purposes
- such information
- the persons or agency employed at gathering it
- an intelligent spirit or being
Origin of intelligenceOld French from Classical Latin intelligentia, perception, discernment from intelligens, present participle of intelligere: see intellect