Meaning of “intangible” in the English Dictionary

"intangible" in British English

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intangibleadjective

uk /ɪnˈtæn.dʒə.bəl/ us /ɪnˈtæn.dʒə.bəl/
intangible
noun [ C usually plural ] uk us

Common sense and creativity are some of the intangibles we're looking for in an employee.
intangibly
adverb uk /ɪnˈtæn.dʒə.bli/ us /ɪnˈtæn.dʒə.bli/

(Definition of “intangible” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"intangible" in American English

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intangibleadjective

us /ɪnˈtæn·dʒə·bəl/

influencing you but not able to be seen or physically felt:

There is the intangible benefit of playing a home game before a friendly crowd.
intangible
noun [ C ] us /ɪnˈtæn·dʒə·bəl/

Common sense and creativity are some of the intangibles we’re looking for in the people we hire.

(Definition of “intangible” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"intangible" in Business English

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intangibleadjective

uk /ɪnˈtændʒəbl/ us

used about a feeling or quality that does not exist in a physical way, or that is difficult to describe:

intangible benefit/reward He pointed to some of the intangible benefits of the job, such as knowing that you are making a contribution to society.
The CEO had that intangible quality that we call charisma.

ACCOUNTING, FINANCE used about something that has value for a business, although it does not exist in a physical way:

intangible capital/property/value Examples of intangible property include bonds, shares, copyrights, and patents.

intangiblenoun [ C, usually plural ]

uk /ɪnˈtændʒəbl/ us

something that does not exist in a physical way, or that is difficult to describe:

The list of requirements for the job includes intangibles such as self-reliance, persuasiveness, etc.

ACCOUNTING, FINANCE →  intangible asset :

Never underestimate the value of intangibles for your business.

(Definition of “intangible” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)