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