Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The ability to acquire, understand, and use knowledge.
  • noun Information, especially secret information gathered about an actual or potential enemy or adversary.
  • noun The gathering of such information.
  • noun An agency or organization whose purpose is to gather such information.
  • noun An intelligent, incorporeal being, especially an angel.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To convey intelligence; tell tales; tattle.
  • noun The quality of being intelligent; understanding; intellect; power of cognition.
  • noun Cultivated understanding; acquired knowledge; information stored up in the mind.
  • noun Exercise of superior understanding; address; skill: as, he performed his mission with much intelligence.
  • noun Mutual understanding; interchange of information or sentiment; intelligent intercourse; as, a glance of intelligence passed between them; to have intelligence with the enemy.
  • noun Information received or imparted; communicated knowledge; news: as, intelligence of a shipwreck.
  • noun An intelligent being; intellectual existence; concrete understanding: as, God is the Supreme Intelligence.
  • noun Advice, Tidings, etc. (see news), notification.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act or state of knowing; the exercise of the understanding.
  • noun The capacity to know or understand; readiness of comprehension; the intellect, as a gift or an endowment.
  • noun Information communicated; news; notice; advice.
  • noun obsolete Acquaintance; intercourse; familiarity.
  • noun (Mil.) Knowledge imparted or acquired, whether by study, research, or experience; general information.
  • noun An intelligent being or spirit; -- generally applied to pure spirits.
  • noun (Mil.) The division within a military organization that gathers and evaluates information about an enemy.
  • noun an office where information may be obtained, particularly respecting servants to be hired.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun 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.
  • noun countable An entity that has such capacities.
  • noun uncountable Information, usually secret, about the enemy or about hostile activities.
  • noun countable A political or military department, agency or unit designed to gather information, usually secret, about the enemy or about hostile activities.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun secret information about an enemy (or potential enemy)
  • noun the ability to comprehend; to understand and profit from experience
  • noun a unit responsible for gathering and interpreting information about an enemy
  • noun information about recent and important events
  • noun the operation of gathering information about an enemy

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French intelligence.

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