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"intelligence" in British English

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intelligencenoun

uk   us   /ɪnˈtel.ɪ.dʒəns/
  • intelligence noun (ABILITY)

B2 [U] the ​ability to ​learn, ​understand, and make ​judgments or have ​opinions that are ​based on ​reason: an intelligence ​test a ​child of high/​average/​low intelligence It's the intelligence of her writing that ​impresses me.

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  • intelligence noun (SECRET INFORMATION)

[U, + sing/pl verb] secretinformation about the ​governments of other ​countries, ​especiallyenemygovernments, or a ​group of ​people who ​collect and ​deal with this ​information: the Central Intelligence Agency military intelligence They ​received intelligence (​reports) that the ​factory was a ​target for the ​bombing.
(Definition of intelligence from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"intelligence" in American English

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intelligencenoun [U]

 us   /ɪnˈtel·ɪ·dʒəns/
  • intelligence noun [U] (THINKING ABILITY)

the ​ability to ​understand and ​learn well, and to ​formjudgments and ​opinionsbased on ​reason: He’s a ​child of ​normal intelligence but he’s ​emotionallyimmature.
  • intelligence noun [U] (INFORMATION)

a ​governmentdepartment or other ​group that ​gathersinformation about other ​countries or ​enemies, or the ​information that is ​gathered: foreign intelligence
(Definition of intelligence from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"intelligence" in Business English

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intelligencenoun [U]

uk   us   /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
secretinformation 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
(Definition of intelligence from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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