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Definition of intelligence (Meaning of intelligence)
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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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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
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