noun Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin intelligentia, from intelligent-, intelligens intelligent Date: 14th century 1. a. (1) the ability to learn or understand or to deal with new or trying situations ; reason; also the skilled use of reason (2) the ability to apply knowledge to manipulate one's environment or to think abstractly as measured by objective criteria (as tests) b. Christian Science the basic eternal quality of divine Mind c. mental acuteness ; shrewdness 2. a. an intelligent entity; especially angel b. intelligent minds or mind <
cosmic intelligence
3. the act of understanding ; comprehension 4. a. information, news b. information concerning an enemy or possible enemy or an area; also an agency engaged in obtaining such information 5. the ability to perform computer functions

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