Meaning of intelligent in English:



  • 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.’
      Often contrasted with dumb


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