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English noun: intelligence

1. intelligence (cognition) the ability to comprehend; to understand and profit from experience

Broader (hypernym)ability, power

Narrower (hyponym)acuity, acuteness, astuteness, brain, brainpower, breadth, brightness, brilliance, cleverness, comprehensiveness, genius, intellect, keenness, largeness, learning ability, marbles, mental capacity, mental dexterity, mental quickness, mentality, mind, nimbleness, nonverbal intelligence, perspicaciousness, perspicacity, precociousness, precocity, quick-wittedness, quickness, sharpness, shrewdness, smartness, verbal intelligence, wit, wits

Attributeintelligent, stupid, unintelligent


2. intelligence (group) a unit responsible for gathering and interpreting information about an enemy

Synonymsintelligence agency, intelligence service

Broader (hypernym)administrative body, administrative unit

Narrower (hyponym)IC, Intelligence Community, international intelligence agency, military intelligence, military intelligence agency, National Intelligence Community, United States intelligence agency, United States Intelligence Community

3. intelligence (communication) secret information about an enemy (or potential enemy)

SamplesWe sent out planes to gather intelligence on their radar coverage.

Synonymsintelligence information

Broader (hypernym)info, information

Narrower (hyponym)military intelligence

4. intelligence (communication) information about recent and important events

SamplesThey awaited news of the outcome.

Synonymsnews, tidings, word

Broader (hypernym)info, information

Narrower (hyponym)good word, latest, update

5. intelligence (act) the operation of gathering information about an enemy

Synonymsintelligence activity, intelligence operation

Broader (hypernym)information gathering

Narrower (hyponym)clandestine operation, combat intelligence, counterintelligence, current intelligence, overt operation, reconnaissance, reconnaissance mission, SIGINT, signals intelligence, spying, strategic intelligence, tactical intelligence, undercover work

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