Meaning of intelligent in English:


Pronunciation /ɪnˈtɛlɪdʒ(ə)nt/

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  • 1Having or showing intelligence, especially of a high level.

    ‘Anna is intelligent and hard-working’
    • ‘an intelligent guess’
    • ‘He said that the media knew about the uniform floor rates and the increase in taxes was an intelligent guess.’
    • ‘Backs can make intelligent guesses at what needs to be done; forwards just know it.’
    • ‘Tina appears shy at first, but underneath that is a very hardworking, intelligent girl.’
    • ‘I have chatted with him and he seems to be educated, humorous and intelligent.’
    • ‘As educated, intelligent consumers, we have to realize there is no real danger to humans.’
    • ‘I thought the legal profession was made up of fairly intelligent and educated people.’
    • ‘He might not have graduated from high school, but he's obviously highly intelligent and a fast learner.’
    • ‘She presented as an intelligent, educated and articulate woman with a good command of English.’
    • ‘He is highly intelligent, but at this point he functions at the level of a young child.’
    • ‘My Grandad, a highly intelligent man, never got the education his grandchildren took for granted.’
    • ‘Maybe he is a bit of a geek, but he seems to be intelligent, hard-working, and honest.’
    • ‘There appear to be intelligent arguments both for and against this plan.’
    • ‘In this case, however, the event was in fact the result of an intelligent designer.’
    • ‘We're still too travel tired to offer anything like an intelligent answer.’
    • ‘But the rest of the piece actually asks some pertinent and intelligent questions.’
    • ‘They are worldly, intelligent, well-read and hopeful about having a decent future.’
    • ‘There have been some intelligent arguments made against the war.’
    • ‘Any reasonably intelligent person could have concocted that plan.’
    • ‘I have a son that is 27 years old and he is very intelligent when it comes to the computer.’
    • ‘An intelligent person would not have needed to ask that question!’
    clever, bright, brilliant, sharp, quick, quick-witted, quick on the uptake, smart, canny, astute, intuitive, thinking, acute, alert, keen, insightful, perceptive, perspicacious, penetrating, discerning
    rational, capable of thought, higher-order
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    1. 1.1(of a device or building) able to vary its state or action in response to varying situations and past experience.
      ‘Yet when it comes to our homes the future has already happened and intelligent houses have become a reality.’
      • ‘So if you're the intelligent user of these super intelligent gadgets, you can rest easy.’
      • ‘The show, and it is a show, features intelligent lighting and a state of the art sound system.’
      • ‘What are the ramifications of intelligent machines and how human beings react to them?’
      • ‘We don't have intelligent machines as I believe you are thinking of them.’
      • ‘It seems the interest in an intelligent house is rapidly growing.’
      • ‘What is expected to happen, is that contractors will install the intelligent lamp posts in areas.’
      • ‘We will press buttons by microphone and intelligent machines are coming which can work for us.’
      • ‘Generations have deliberately tried to design intelligent computers and we're still failing.’
      • ‘All this is backed up by an intelligent item system that makes it much easier to just pick up and play the game.’
      • ‘The software makes intelligent guesses about the words you are trying to tap into the keyboard.’
      robotic, automatic, self-regulating, capable of learning
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    2. 1.2(of a computer terminal) incorporating a microprocessor and having its own processing capability.
      Often contrasted with dumb
      • ‘So the approach adopts object-based storage, or intelligent disk drives.’


Early 16th century from Latin intelligent- ‘understanding’, from the verb intelligere, variant of intellegere ‘understand’, from inter ‘between’ + legere ‘choose’.