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INTELLIGENCE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does intelligence mean? 

INTELLIGENCE (noun)
  The noun INTELLIGENCE has 5 senses:

1. the ability to comprehend; to understand and profit from experience
2. a unit responsible for gathering and interpreting information about an enemy
3. secret information about an enemy (or potential enemy)
4. new information about specific and timely events
5. the operation of gathering information about an enemy

  Familiarity information: INTELLIGENCE used as a noun is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


INTELLIGENCE (noun)


Sense 1intelligence [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The ability to comprehend; to understand and profit from experience

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Hypernyms ("intelligence" is a kind of...):

ability; power (possession of the qualities (especially mental qualities) required to do something or get something done)

Attribute:

intelligent (having the capacity for thought and reason especially to a high degree)

stupid; unintelligent (lacking intelligence)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "intelligence"):

precociousness; precocity (intelligence achieved far ahead of normal developmental schedules)

acuity; acuteness; keenness; sharpness (a quick and penetrating intelligence)

brightness; cleverness; smartness (intelligence as manifested in being quick and witty)

astuteness; perspicaciousness; perspicacity; shrewdness (intelligence manifested by being astute (as in business dealings))

marbles; wits (the basic human power of intelligent thought and perception)

brilliance; genius (unusual mental ability)

mental dexterity; nimbleness (intelligence as revealed by quickness and alertness of mind)

mental quickness; quick-wittedness; quickness (intelligence as revealed by an ability to give correct responses without delay)

verbal intelligence (intelligence in the use and comprehension of language)

nonverbal intelligence (intelligence that is manifested in the performance of tasks requiring little or no use of language)

intellect; mind (knowledge and intellectual ability)

breadth; comprehensiveness; largeness (the capacity to understand a broad range of topics)

brain; brainpower; learning ability; mental capacity; mentality; wit (mental ability)

Antonym:

stupidity (a poor ability to understand or to profit from experience)


Sense 2intelligence [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A unit responsible for gathering and interpreting information about an enemy

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Synonyms:

intelligence agency; intelligence service; intelligence

Hypernyms ("intelligence" is a kind of...):

administrative body; administrative unit (a unit with administrative responsibilities)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "intelligence"):

military intelligence; military intelligence agency (an agency of the armed forces that obtains and analyzes and uses information of strategic or tactical military value)

United States intelligence agency (an intelligence service in the United States)

IC; Intelligence Community; National Intelligence Community; United States Intelligence Community (a group of government agencies and organizations that carry out intelligence activities for the United States government; headed by the Director of Central Intelligence)

international intelligence agency (an intelligence agency outside the United States)


Sense 3intelligence [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Secret information about an enemy (or potential enemy)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

intelligence information; intelligence

Context example:

we sent out planes to gather intelligence on their radar coverage

Hypernyms ("intelligence" is a kind of...):

info; information (a message received and understood)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "intelligence"):

military intelligence (information about the armed forces of another country that is useful in planning and conducting military policy or military operations)


Sense 4intelligence [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

New information about specific and timely events

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

tidings; news; word; intelligence

Context example:

they awaited news of the outcome

Hypernyms ("intelligence" is a kind of...):

info; information (a message received and understood)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "intelligence"):

update (news that updates your information)

latest (the most recent news or development)

good word (good news)


Sense 5intelligence [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The operation of gathering information about an enemy

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

intelligence activity; intelligence operation; intelligence

Hypernyms ("intelligence" is a kind of...):

information gathering (the act of collecting information)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "intelligence"):

spying; undercover work (the act of keeping a secret watch for intelligence purposes)

counterintelligence (intelligence activities concerned with identifying and counteracting the threat to security posed by hostile intelligence organizations or by individuals engaged in espionage or sabotage or subversion or terrorism)

reconnaissance; reconnaissance mission (the act of reconnoitring (especially to gain information about an enemy or potential enemy))

overt operation (the collection of intelligence openly without concealment)

clandestine operation (an intelligence operation so planned and executed as to insure concealment)

SIGINT; signals intelligence (intelligence information gathered from communications intelligence or electronics intelligence or telemetry intelligence)

strategic intelligence (intelligence that is required for forming policy and military plans at national and international levels)

combat intelligence; tactical intelligence (intelligence that is required for the planning and conduct of tactical operations)

current intelligence (intelligence of all types and forms of immediate interest; usually disseminated without delays for evaluation or interpretation)


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