1Having or showing intelligence, especially of a high level: Anna is intelligent and hard-working 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.
clever, bright, brilliant, sharp, quick, quick-witted, quick on the uptake, smart, canny, astute, intuitive, thinking, acute, alert, keen, insightful, perceptive, perspicacious, penetrating, discerning;
apt, able, gifted, talented
informal brainy, genius
(be intelligent) informalhave a good head on one's shoulders, there are no flies on …
British informal know how many beans make five
North American informal whip-smart
rational, capable of thought, higher-order
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.
robotic, automatic, self-regulating, capable of learning
Early 16th century: from Latin intelligent- 'understanding', from the verb intelligere, variant of intellegere 'understand', from inter 'between' + legere 'choose'.
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