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"intellectual" in British English

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intellectualadjective

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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intellectually
adverb uk   /ˌɪn.təlˈek.tʃu.ə.li/  us   /ˌɪn.t̬əlˈek.tʃu.ə.li/
C2 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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intellectualadjective

 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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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)
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