Meaning of “intellectual” in the English Dictionary

"intellectual" in English

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uk /ˌɪn.təlˈek.tʃu.əl/ us /ˌɪn.t̬əlˈek.tʃu.əl/

B2 relating to your ability to think and understand things, especially complicated ideas:

Looking after a baby at home all day is nice but it doesn't provide much intellectual stimulation.
I like detective stories and romances - nothing too intellectual.

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adverb uk /ˌɪn.təlˈek.tʃu.ə.li/ us /ˌɪn.t̬əlˈek.tʃu.ə.li/


She's hoping to find a job which is more demanding intellectually.

intellectualnoun [ C ]

uk /ˌɪn.təlˈek.tʃu.əl/ us /ˌɪn.t̬əlˈek.tʃu.əl/

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

"intellectual" in American English

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us /ˌɪnt·əlˈek·tʃu·əl/

relating to the ability to think and understand ideas at a high level, or involving ideas:

He was among the political and intellectual leaders of his time.

intellectualnoun [ C ]

us /ˌɪn·təlˈek·tʃu·əl/

a person whose life or work centers 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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uk /ˌɪntəlˈektjuəl/ us

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)

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According to experts and specialists in child nutrition, milk is indeed essential to the proper intellectual and physical development of children, of all children.
I refer mainly to the sectors of services, industrial products, the facilitation of trade and the protection of industrial and intellectual property.
We enjoy a global advantage in wine production, and we need to maintain it by further improving the protection of intellectual property.
The purpose of the implementing guidelines of this report is to give satisfactory answers to questions regarding finance and intellectual property, and to provide adequate mechanisms of democratic control.
Only with freedom of thought, of provision of services and of protection of producers' intellectual property rights can television without frontiers survive and operate.
Perhaps, amongst other things, as a result of the skill and the technical, professional and intellectual capacity of the people who carry out their activity in the services sector.
There is a great deal of confusion in general between different types of professionals: intellectual professionals are quite a different kettle of fish from professionals in general.
At present, all technological innovations are protected by their patentability; but software development gives rise to copyright which protects its intellectual property.
We are talking about the field of intellectual creation, which have very different rules from those which govern the field of industrial protection.
Finally, we must ensure that the prices are not prohibitive, and here we come back to the problem of intellectual property.