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intelligence

noun [U]
 
 
/ɪnˈtelɪdʒəns/
the ability to learn and understand things quickly and easily: Her high intelligence, ability and drive were evident from the start. People questioned the intelligence of his decision. an intelligence test
secret information that a company, country, etc. manages to get about another company, country, etc.: intelligence that We have good intelligence that they will be launching the latest model at next year's trade show.intelligence on/about sth Sometimes, the officers receive intelligence about a suspect on a particular flight.gather/provide intelligence They gather intelligence on their competitors to find out what their plans are.business/market intelligence We need to analyze and act on market intelligence with greater efficiency. foreign/national/military intelligence
→  See also artificial intelligence , competitive intelligence , cultural intelligence , emotional intelligence , market intelligence
(Definition of intelligence from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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