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[ in-tel-i-juhnt ]


  1. having good understanding or a high mental capacity; quick to comprehend, as persons or animals:

    an intelligent student.

    Synonyms: bright

    Antonyms: stupid

  2. displaying or characterized by quickness of understanding, sound thought, or good judgment:

    an intelligent reply.

    Synonyms: smart, shrewd, discerning, apt, bright, alert, clever, astute

    Antonyms: stupid

  3. having the faculty of reasoning and understanding; possessing intelligence:

    intelligent beings in outer space.

  4. Computers. pertaining to the ability to do data processing locally; smart: Compare dumb ( def 8 ).

    An intelligent terminal can edit input before transmission to a host computer.

  5. Archaic. having understanding or knowledge (usually followed by of ).


/ ɪnˈtɛlɪdʒənt /


  1. having or indicating intelligence
  2. having high intelligence; clever
  3. indicating high intelligence; perceptive

    an intelligent guess

  4. guided by reason; rational
  5. (of computerized functions) able to modify action in the light of ongoing events
  6. archaic.
    postpositivefoll byof having knowledge or information

    they were intelligent of his whereabouts

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Derived Forms

  • inˈtelligently, adverb

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Other Words From

  • in·telli·gent·ly adverb
  • hyper·in·telli·gent adjective
  • hyper·in·telli·gent·ly adverb
  • nonin·telli·gent adjective
  • nonin·telli·gent·ly adverb
  • prein·telli·gent adjective
  • prein·telli·gent·ly adverb
  • quasi-in·telli·gent adjective
  • quasi-in·telli·gent·ly adverb
  • semi-in·telli·gent adjective
  • semi-in·telli·gent·ly adverb
  • super·in·telli·gent adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of intelligent1

First recorded in 1500–10; from Latin intelligent- (stem of intelligēns, present participle of intelligere, variant of intellegere “to understand,” literally, “choose between),” equivalent to intel- (variant of inter- inter- ) + -lig- (combining form of leg-, stem of legere “to pick up, choose”; lection ) + -ent- -ent

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Synonym Study

Intelligent, intellectual describe distinctive mental capacity. Intelligent often suggests a natural quickness of understanding: an intelligent reader. Intellectual implies not only having a high degree of understanding, but also a capacity and taste for the higher forms of knowledge: intellectual interests. See sharp.

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Example Sentences

Each of these developments, FAIR’s researchers say, brings the lab incrementally closer to achieving intelligent robotic assistants.

“If you can find a way of doing satisfiability problems that takes into account the symmetries in an intelligent way, then you’ve made the problem much easier,” said Hales.

In 1950, the mathematician Alan Turing suggested that if you could converse with a machine without knowing whether it was a machine or a person, you should consider that machine intelligent.

Armed with a deep, versatile roster stocked with hyper-intelligent defenders, Nurse is the NBA’s most inventive defensive coach, tinkering night to night and even on the fly within games.

Look for solutions that provide intelligent automation and enable human SEOs on the team to focus on the more creative aspects of each campaign.

Governor Jindal seems like a good guy, intelligent, reasonable.

Vice President Jindal: “Here is a good, intelligent, and reasonable plan for legislative action.”

I thought he was very intelligent, very gentle, soft-spoken, precise.

That kind of spoiled naïveté seems inexcusable in a clearly intelligent author who is pushing 30.

Genuinely funny and intelligent and navel-gazing and strange, these parts might eventually add up to something truly big.

All our intelligent students will insist upon learning what they can of these discussions and forming opinions for themselves.

So intelligent were her methods that she doubtless had great influence in making the memory of his art enduring.

His dark, shining, almost too intelligent eyes looked at Nigel, and looked away.

With less intelligent children traces of this tendency to take pictorial representation for reality may appear as late as four.

He looks about thirty-five, has a clean-shaven intelligent face, and is dressed in a dark tweed suit.





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