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noun uk   us   /ɪnˈtel.ɪ.dʒəns/

intelligence noun (ABILITY)

B2 [U] the ability to learn, understand, and make judgments or have opinions that are based on reason: an intelligence test a child of high/average/low intelligence It's the intelligence of her writing that impresses me.
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intelligence noun (SECRET INFORMATION)

[U, + sing/pl verb] secret information about the governments of other countries, especially enemy governments, or a group of people who collect and deal with this information: the Central Intelligence Agency military intelligence They received intelligence (reports) that the factory was a target for the bombing.
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