Intelligence

In*tel"li*gence

(?), n. [F. intelligence, L. intelligentia, intellegentia. See Intelligent.]
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1. The act or state of knowing; the exercise of the understanding.
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2. The capacity to know or understand; readiness of comprehension; the intellect, as a gift or an endowment.
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And dimmed with darkness their intelligence.
Spenser.
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3. Information communicated; news; notice; advice.
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Intelligence is given where you are hid.
Shak.
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4. Acquaintance; intercourse; familiarity. [Obs.]
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He lived rather in a fair intelligence than any friendship with the favorites.
Clarendon.
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5. Knowledge imparted or acquired, whether by study, research, or experience; general information. Specifically; (Mil.) Information about an enemy or potential enemy, his capacities, and intentions.
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I write as he that none intelligence
Of meters hath, ne flowers of sentence.
Court of Love.
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6. An intelligent being or spirit; -- generally applied to pure spirits; as, a created intelligence. Milton.
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The great Intelligences fair
That range above our mortal state,
In circle round the blessed gate,
Received and gave him welcome there.
Tennyson.
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7. (Mil.) The division within a military organization that gathers and evaluates information about an enemy.
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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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