Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “intelligence”

intelligence

noun [U] (ABILITY)    /ɪnˈtel.ɪ.dʒəns/
B2 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.IntelligencePerceptive
(Definition of intelligence noun (ABILITY) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of intelligence

Definitions of “intelligence” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

beneficiary

a person or group who receives money, advantages, etc. as a result of something else

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More