intellect

[in-tl-ekt]
noun
1.
the power or faculty of the mind by which one knows or understands, as distinguished from that by which one feels and that by which one wills; the understanding; the faculty of thinking and acquiring knowledge.
2.
capacity for thinking and acquiring knowledge, especially of a high or complex order; mental capacity.
3.
a particular mind or intelligence, especially of a high order.
4.
a person possessing a great capacity for thought and knowledge.
5.
minds collectively, as of a number of persons or the persons themselves.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Latin intellēctus, equivalent to intelleg(ere) to understand + -tus suffix of v. action; see intelligent


1. reason, sense, common sense, brains. See mind.
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intellect (ˈɪntɪˌlɛkt)
 
n
1.  the capacity for understanding, thinking, and reasoning, as distinct from feeling or wishing
2.  a mind or intelligence, esp a brilliant one: his intellect is wasted on that job
3.  informal a person possessing a brilliant mind; brain
4.  those possessing the greatest mental power: the intellect of a nation
 
[C14: from Latin intellectus comprehension, intellect, from intellegere to understand; see intelligence]
 
intel'lective
 
adj
 
intel'lectively
 
adv

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intellect
late 14c., from L. intellectus "discernment, understanding," from pp. stem of intelligere "to understand, discern" (see intelligence).
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INTELLECT definition

language
A query language written by Larry Harris in 1977, close to natural English.
(1995-04-14)

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Example sentences
It's the one when the university comes together to hear a great intellect
  expound on a topic of lasting importance.
His supple intellect, burgeoning political ambitions, and organizing prowess
  have garnered far less attention.
Life is complicated, the options of the marketplace are numerous, and the human
  intellect is frail.
They include a cool intellect, single-minded ambition and a willingness to be
  ruthless when required.
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