intellect

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EtymologyEdit

PIE root
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From Latin intellēctus ‎(understanding, intellect), perfect passive participle of intellegō ‎(understand; reason), from inter ‎(between, among) + legō ‎(read), with connotation of bind.

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NounEdit

intellect ‎(countable and uncountable, plural intellects)

  1. the faculty of thinking, judging, abstract reasoning, and conceptual understanding; the cognitive faculty (uncountable)
    Intellect is one of man's greatest powers.
  2. the capacity of that faculty (in a particular person) (uncountable)
    They were chosen because of their outstanding intellect.
  3. a person who has that faculty to a great degree
    Some of the world's leading intellects were meeting there.

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NounEdit

intellect m ‎(plural intellects)

  1. intellect
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