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intellect

[ in-tl-ekt ]
/ ˈɪn tlˌɛkt /
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noun

the power or faculty of the mind by which one knows or understands, as distinguished from that by which one feels and that by which one wills; the understanding; the faculty of thinking and acquiring knowledge.
capacity for thinking and acquiring knowledge, especially of a high or complex order; mental capacity.
a particular mind or intelligence, especially of a high order.
a person possessing a great capacity for thought and knowledge.
minds collectively, as of a number of persons or the persons themselves.

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Origin of intellect

1350–1400; Middle English, from Latin intellēctus, equivalent to intelleg(ere) “to understand” + -tus suffix of verbal action; see intelligent
1. See mind.
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British Dictionary definitions for intellect

intellect
/ (ˈɪntɪˌlɛkt) /

noun

the capacity for understanding, thinking, and reasoning, as distinct from feeling or wishing
a mind or intelligence, esp a brilliant onehis intellect is wasted on that job
informal a person possessing a brilliant mind; brain
those possessing the greatest mental powerthe intellect of a nation
intellective, adjectiveintellectively, adverb
C14: from Latin intellectus comprehension, intellect, from intellegere to understand; see intelligence
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