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intelligent

Syllabification: in·tel·li·gent
Pronunciation: /inˈteləjənt
 
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Definition of intelligent in English:

adjective

1Having or showing intelligence, especially of a high level: Annabelle is intelligent and hardworking an intelligent guess
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
knowledgeable;
able, gifted, talented
informal brainy
rational, higher-order, capable of thought
1.1(Of a device, machine, or building) able to vary its state or action in response to varying situations, varying requirements, and past experience.
Example sentences
  • 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.
1.2(Especially of a computer terminal) incorporating a microprocessor and having its own processing capability. Often contrasted with dumb.
Example sentences
  • So the approach adopts object-based storage, or intelligent disk drives.

Origin

early 16th century: from Latin intelligent- 'understanding', from the verb intelligere, variant of intellegere 'understand', from inter 'between' + legere 'choose'.

Derivatives

intelligently

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • In the sleeve notes he writes intelligently about the profound personal experience of his first trip to Moscow to make the recording.
  • This is a man who does not just spout opinions, however, he is a man with thoughts who, when pressed, shares them intelligently.
  • It was all done intelligently and compassionately, and remains a relief operation of which the nation deserved to feel proud.

Words that rhyme with intelligent

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