1. The ability to acquire, understand, and use knowledge: a person of extraordinary intelligence.
a. Information, especially secret information gathered about an actual or potential enemy or adversary.
b. The gathering of such information: "Corporate intelligence relies on a slew of tools, some sophisticated, many quite basic" (Neil King and Jess Bravin).
c. An agency or organization whose purpose is to gather such information: an officer from military intelligence.
3. An intelligent, incorporeal being, especially an angel.
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