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Etymology

From Latin intellectus, perfect passive participle of intellegere, reason or understand; from prefix intel-, into, from intus, + legere, read, with connotation of bind

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
intellect

Plural
s

intellect (s)
  1. The faculty of knowing and reasoning; understanding (uncountable).
    Intellect is one of man's greatest powers.
  2. That faculty in a particular person (uncountable).
    They were chosen because of their outstanding intellect.
  3. A person who has that faculty in great degree.
    Some of the world's leading intellects were meeting there.

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