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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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