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INTEL'LIGENCE, n. [L. intelligentia, from intelligo, to understand. This verb is probably composed of in, inter, or intus, within, and lego to collect. The primary sense of understand is generally to take or hold, as we say, to take one's ideas or meaning.]

1. Understanding; skill.

2. Notice; information communicated; an account of things distant or before unknown. Intelligence may be transmitted by messengers, by letters, by signals or by telegraphs.

3. Commerce of acquaintance; terms of intercourse. Good intelligence between men is harmony. So we say, there is a good understanding between persons, when they have the same views, or are free from discord.

4. A spiritual being; as a created intelligence. It is believed that the universe is peopled with innumerable superior intelligences.

INTEL'LIGENCE, v.t. To inform; to instruct. [Little used.]




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INTEL'LIGENCE, n. [L. intelligentia, from intelligo, to understand. This verb is probably composed of in, inter, or intus, within, and lego to collect. The primary sense of understand is generally to take or hold, as we say, to take one's ideas or meaning.]

1. Understanding; skill.

2. Notice; information communicated; an account of things distant or before unknown. Intelligence may be transmitted by messengers, by letters, by signals or by telegraphs.

3. Commerce of acquaintance; terms of intercourse. Good intelligence between men is harmony. So we say, there is a good understanding between persons, when they have the same views, or are free from discord.

4. A spiritual being; as a created intelligence. It is believed that the universe is peopled with innumerable superior intelligences.

INTEL'LIGENCE, v.t. To inform; to instruct. [Little used.]


IN-TEL'LI-GENCE, n. [Fr. from L. intelligentia, from intelligo, to understand. This verb is probably composed of in, inter, or intus, within, and lego, to collect. The primary sense of understand is generally to take or hold, as we say, to take one's ideas or meaning.]

  1. Understanding; skill. Spenser.
  2. Notice; information communicated; an account of things distant or before unknown. Intelligence may be transmitted by messengers, by letters, by signals or by telegraphs.
  3. Commerce of acquaintance; terms of intercourse. Good intelligence between men is harmony. So we say, there is a good understanding between persons, when they have the same views, or are free from discord.
  4. A spiritual being; as, a created intelligence. It is believed that the universe is peopled with innumerable superior intelligences.

IN-TEL'LI-GENCE, v.t.

To inform; to instruct. [Little used.]


In*tel"li*gence
  1. The act or state of knowing; the exercise of the understanding.
  2. The capacity to know or understand; readiness of comprehension; the intellect, as a gift or an endowment.

    And dimmed with darkness their intelligence. Spenser.

  3. Information communicated; news; notice; advice.

    Intelligence is given where you are hid. Shak.

  4. Acquaintance; intercourse; familiarity.

    [Obs.]

    He lived rather in a fair intelligence than any friendship with the favorites. Clarendon.

  5. Knowledge imparted or acquired, whether by study, research, or experience; general information.

    I write as he that none intelligence
    Of meters hath, ne flowers of sentence.
    Court of Love.

  6. An intelligent being or spirit; -- generally applied to pure spirits; as, a created intelligence.

    Milton.

    The great Intelligences fair
    That range above our mortal state,
    In circle round the blessed gate,
    Received and gave him welcome there.
    Tennyson.

    Intelligence office, an office where information may be obtained, particularly respecting servants to be hired.

    Syn. -- Understanding; intellect; instruction; advice; notice; notification; news; information; report.

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Intelligence

INTEL'LIGENCE, noun [Latin intelligentia, from intelligo, to understand. This verb is probably composed of in, inter, or intus, within, and lego to collect. The primary sense of understand is generally to take or hold, as we say, to take one's ideas or meaning.]

1. Understanding; skill.

2. Notice; information communicated; an account of things distant or before unknown. intelligence may be transmitted by messengers, by letters, by signals or by telegraphs.

3. Commerce of acquaintance; terms of intercourse. Good intelligence between men is harmony. So we say, there is a good understanding between persons, when they have the same views, or are free from discord.

4. A spiritual being; as a created intelligence It is believed that the universe is peopled with innumerable superior intelligences.

INTEL'LIGENCE, verb transitive To inform; to instruct. [Little used.]

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likely

LI'KELY, a. [that is, like-like.]

1. Probable; that may be rationally though or believed to have taken place in time past, or to be true now or hereafter; such as is more reasonable than the contrary. A likely story, is one which evidence, or the circumstances of the case render probable, and therefore credible.

2. Such as may be liked; pleasing; as a likely man or woman.

[This use of likely is not obsolete, as Johnson affirms, nor is it vulgar. But the English and their descendants in America differ in the application. The English apply the word to external appearance, and with them, likely is equivalent to handsome, well formed; as a likely man, a likely horse. In America, the word is usually applied to the endowments of the mind, or to pleasing accomplishments. With us, a likely man, is a man of good character and talents, or of good dispositions or accomplishments, that render him pleasing or respectable.]

LI'KELY, adv. Probably.

While man was innocent, he was likely ignorant of nothing important for him to know.

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income

IN'COME, n. in'cum. [in and come.] That gain which proceeds from labor, business or property of any kind; the produce of a farm; the rent of houses; the proceeds of professional business; the profits of commerce or of occupation; the interest of money or stock in funds. Income is often used synonymously with revenue, but income is more generally applied to the gain of private persons, and revenue to that of a sovereign or of a state. We speak of the annual income of a gentleman, and the annual revenue of the state.

1. A coming in; admission; introduction. [Not in use.]

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