Meaning of “intelligent” in the English Dictionary

"intelligent" in British English

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uk /ɪnˈtel.ɪ.dʒənt/ us /ɪnˈtel.ə.dʒənt/

B1 showing intelligence, or able to learn and understand things easily:

a highly intelligent young man
an intelligent remark
Helen had a few intelligent things to say on the subject.

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  • She's obviously very intelligent, but her lectures are difficult to follow.
  • They are searching for intelligent life forms in other solar systems.
  • Some people object to streaming because it gives an unfair advantage to intelligent children.
  • These particular dinosaurs were large-brained and more intelligent than most.
  • Man is still far more intelligent than the cleverest robot.
adverb uk /ɪnˈtel.ɪ.dʒə us /ɪnˈtel.ə.dʒə

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

"intelligent" in American English

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us /ɪnˈtel·ɪ·dʒənt/

showing intelligence, or the ability to understand and learn well:

a highly intelligent woman
adverb /ɪnˈtel·ə·dʒənt·li/

She writes intelligently about the life of Mary Baker Eddy.

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

"intelligent" in Business English

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uk /ɪnˈtelɪdʒənt/ us

able to learn and understand things quickly and easily:

A lot of thoroughly intelligent, sensible people have fallen for the salesman's charm.
a highly intelligent businessperson
an intelligent conversation/decision/question

IT designed to be able to react to changes or different situations in a similar way to humans:

intelligent software
intelligent systems

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

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