- 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.
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
British Dictionary definitions for intelligence
Word Origin for intelligence
Word Origin and History 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.).