intelligence definition, meaning - what is intelligence in the British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionaries Online

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “intelligence”

See all translations

intelligence

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.
More examples

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.
(Definition of intelligence from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of intelligence?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “intelligence” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

paradox

a situation or statement that seems impossible or is difficult to understand because it contains two opposite facts or characteristics

Word of the Day

What’s All The Commotion About? (Words to describe sounds)

by Kate Woodford,
May 20, 2015
​​​ In this post we look at a range of words and phrases that we use to describe noise and the absence of noise. Starting with complete quiet, we sometimes use the noun hush to describe silence: A hush fell over the room as the bride walked in./There was a deathly hush (=complete

Read More 

plyscraper noun

May 18, 2015
a skyscraper made mainly from wood The development of engineered timber could herald a new era of eco-friendly ‘plyscrapers’. Christchurch welcomed its first multistorey timber structure this year, there are plans for Vancouver, and the talk is China could follow

Read More