Definition of intelligent in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪnˈtɛlɪdʒ(ə)nt/


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;
ingenious, inventive;
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.
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.
robotic, automatic, self-regulating, capable of learning
informal smart
1.2(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.


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

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