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intellectual

adjective uk   /ˌɪn.təlˈek.tju.əl/ us    /-t̬əlˈek.tʃu-/
B2 relating to your ability to think and understand things, especially complicated ideas: Looking after a baby at home all day is nice but it doesn't provide much intellectual stimulation. I like detective stories and romances - nothing too intellectual.
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intellectually
adverb uk   /-ə.li/ us  
C2 She's hoping to find a job which is more demanding intellectually.

intellectual

noun [C] uk   /ˌɪn.təlˈek.tju.əl/ us    /-t̬əlˈek.tʃu-/
C2 a very educated person whose interests are studying and other activities that involve careful thinking and mental effort: She was too much of an intellectual to find popular movies interesting.
Translations of “intellectual”
in Korean 지적인…
in Arabic مُثقّف, ذَكي…
in Portuguese intelectual…
in Catalan intel·lectual…
in Japanese 知的な, 知識人…
in Italian intellettuale…
in Chinese (Traditional) 智力的,腦力的…
in Russian умственный, интеллектуальный…
in Turkish zihinsel, akla dayanan, entelektüel…
in Chinese (Simplified) 智力的,脑力的…
in Polish intelektualny, inteligentny…
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