Definition of intelligent in English:

intelligent

Syllabification: in·tel·li·gent
Pronunciation: /inˈtelijənt
 
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adjective

  • 1Having or showing intelligence, especially of a high level: Annabelle is intelligent and hardworking an intelligent guess
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    • 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
    clever, bright, brilliant, quick-witted, quick on the uptake, smart, canny, astute, intuitive, insightful, perceptive, perspicacious, discerning; 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.
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    • 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.
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    • So the approach adopts object-based storage, or intelligent disk drives.

Derivatives

intelligently

adverb
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  • 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.

Origin

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

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