- information about an enemy or a potential enemy.
- the evaluated conclusions drawn from such information.
- an organization or agency engaged in gathering such information: military intelligence; naval intelligence.
- intellectually handicapped,
- intelligence agency,
- intelligence office,
- intelligence officer,
- intelligence quotient,
- intelligence test
Origin of intelligence
Examples from the Web for intelligence
According to a Yemeni intelligence source, Saïd met with the notorious U.S. preacher Anwar al Awlaki.
“He was a brave field commander and an expert in intelligence, and in organizing popular and tribal forces,” said the eulogist.What an Iranian Funeral Tells Us About the Wars in Iraq|IranWire|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
My father was in an intelligence unit for the U.S. Navy, as he had been in World War II.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
They eye the door anxiously, convinced that at any moment, a Pakistani or Iranian intelligence officer will come barging in.
Some in the intelligence community seem to have followed through on that plan.
After a short time a young priest appeared with the intelligence that his superior awaited the Prince's visit.An Egyptian Princess, Complete|Georg Ebers
How could intelligence of the calamity be most gently communicated?Fairy Fingers|Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
There was nothing to detain him in town but the dread of communicating this intelligence to his wife.Debit and Credit|Gustav Freytag
Of nervous force and brain-power as the real source of intelligence, they 87had no idea.
Impulse is primary and intelligence is secondary and in some sense derivative.Human Nature and Conduct|John Dewey
Word Origin for intelligence
late 14c., "faculty of understanding," from Old French intelligence (12c.), from Latin intelligentia, intellegentia "understanding, power of discerning; art, skill, taste," from intelligentem (nominative intelligens) "discerning," present participle of intelligere "to understand, comprehend," from inter- "between" (see inter-) + legere "choose, pick out, read" (see lecture (n.)).
Meaning superior understanding, sagacity" is from early 15c. Sense of "information, news" first recorded mid-15c., especially "secret information from spies" (1580s). Intelligence quotient first recorded 1921 (see I.Q.).