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"intellectual" in British English

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intellectualadjective

uk   /ˌɪn.təlˈek.tju.əl/  us   /-t̬əlˈek.tʃu-/
B2 relating to ​yourability to ​think and ​understand things, ​especiallycomplicatedideas: Looking after a ​baby at ​home all ​day is ​nice but it doesn't ​provide much intellectual stimulation. I like ​detectivestories and ​romances - nothing too intellectual.

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intellectually
adverb uk   us   /-ə.li/
C2 She's ​hoping to ​find a ​job which is more ​demanding intellectually.

intellectualnoun [C]

uk   /ˌɪn.təlˈek.tju.əl/  us   /-t̬əlˈek.tʃu-/
(Definition of intellectual from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"intellectual" in American English

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intellectualadjective

 us   /ˌɪnt·əlˈek·tʃu·əl/
relating to the ​ability to ​think and ​understandideas at a high ​level, or ​involvingideas: He was among the ​political and intellectual ​leaders of his ​time.

intellectualnoun [C]

 us   /ˌɪn·təlˈek·tʃu·əl/
a ​person whose ​life or ​workcenters around the ​study or use of ​ideas, such as in ​teaching or writing
(Definition of intellectual from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"intellectual" in Business English

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intellectualadjective

uk   us   /ˌɪntəlˈektjuəl/
relating to your ​ability to ​think and understand things, especially complicated ​ideas: She ​takes an intellectual ​approach to decision-making, rather than just ​following her instincts. I enjoy the intellectual ​challenge of the ​job.
(Definition of intellectual from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “intellectual”
in Arabic مُثقّف, ذَكي…
in Korean 지적인…
in Portuguese intelectual…
in Catalan intel·lectual…
in Japanese 知的な, 知識人…
in Chinese (Simplified) 智力的,脑力的…
in Turkish zihinsel, akla dayanan, entelektüel…
in Russian умственный, интеллектуальный…
in Chinese (Traditional) 智力的,腦力的…
in Italian intellettuale…
in Polish intelektualny, inteligentny…
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