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intellĕgo (less correctly intellĭgo ), exi, ectum (intellexti for intellexisti, Ter. Eun. 4, 6, 30; Cic. Att. 13, 32, 3:
I.intellexes for intellexisses,Plaut. Cist. 2, 3, 81; subj. perf.: “intellegerint,Sall. H. Fragm. 1, 41, 23 Dietsch), 3, v. a. inter-lego, to see into, perceive, understand.
I. Lit.
B. In partic., to have an accurate knowledge of or skill in a thing, to be a connoisseur: “faciunt intellegendo ut nihil intellegant,Ter. And. prol. 17: “tametsi non multum in istis rebus intellego,Cic. Verr. 2, 4, 43, § 94: “hoc nugatorium sciebam esse, ista intellegere,id. ib. 2, 4, 14, § “33: quoniam non intellexerunt in operibus domini,Lact. 4, 13, 18: “illi qui linguam ejus intellegebant,Petr. S. 73, 3; Sen. Apoc. 5, 2.—
C. To distinguish: “oraculorum praestigias profani a veritate intellegere non possunt,Lact. 2, 16.—
E. Of persons, to understand, comprehend, judge rightly (post-Aug.): “quod Catonem aetas sua parum intellexisset,Sen. de Const. Sap. 1: “quando Socrates ab hominibus sui temporis parum intellegebatur,Quint. 11, 1, 10; Vell. 2, 114, 5; Tac. A. 3, 3: “quem legatum tribunus ita et intellexit et cepit, ut, etc.,Plin. Ep. 8, 23, 5. —
F. To understand a language: isti qui linguam avium intellegunt, Pac. ap. Cic. Div. 1, 57, 131 (Trag. v. 83 Rib.): “in iis linguis quas non intellegimus,Cic. Tusc. 5, 40, 116: “quantum ego Graece scripta intellegere possum,id. de Or. 2, 13, 55: “linguam ejus,Sen. de M. Claud. 5, 2; Petr. 73.—
G. To understand by any thing, to take a thing to mean.
1. With in or sub aliqua re, or per aliquid: illa est εὐταξία, in qua intellegitur ordinis conservatio, Cic. Off. 1, 40, 142: “sub hoc themate intellegere non hoc, sed, etc.,Sen. Contr. 9, 28, 10: “intellego sub hoc verbo multa,id. ib. 1, 2, 15: “per nemo homo,Donat. ad Ter. Eun. 3, 5, 1: “solem sub appellatione Jovis,Macr. S. 1, 23, 5: “per sagittas vim radiorum,id. ib. 1, 17, 12. —
2. With two acc.: “non habeo quod intellegam bonum illud,Cic. Tusc. 3, 18, 41. —
3. With acc. and abl.: consuetudo omnibus his nominibus Argesten intellegi, Plin. 2, 47, 46, § 121.—
II. Transf., to perceive, discern by the senses; to see, feel, notice. Alcumenam ante aedis stare saturam intellego, Plaut. Am. 2, 2, 35: Si. Statum vide hominis, Callipho.... Ca. Bene confidenterque astitisse intellego, id. Ps. 1, 5, 41: “illa quidem primo nullos intellegit ignes,Ov. M. 9, 456: “frigus,Col. Arbor. 13: “vestigia hominum intellegi a feris,Plin. 8, 16, 21, § 58; 28, 4, 14, § 55.— Hence, in-tellĕgens , entis, P. a., that has understanding or that understands a thing; intelligent, acquainted with.
A. In gen.: “semperne vulgi judicium cum intellegentium judicio congruit?Cic. Brut. 49: “intellegens dicendi existimator,id. ib. 54: “judicium,id. Opt. Gen. Or. 4: “vir,id. Fin. 3, 5.—With gen.: “cujusvis generis ejus intellegens,id. ib. 2, 20.—Comp.: “aliquid intellegentiore mente discutere,Aug. Retract. 1, 19.—
B. In partic.
1. Intellegens alicujus, that understands a person, rightly estimates his character: “intellegens principis nostri, cujus videbam hanc esse laudem,Plin. Ep. 6, 27, 2 Döring ad loc.—
2. Well skilled in matters of taste, a connoisseur: “signa pulcherrima quae non modo istum hominem, ingeniosum atque intellegentem, verum etiam quemvis nostrum, quos iste idiotas appellat, delectare possent,Cic. Verr. 2, 4, 2, § 4: “ut putetur in istis rebus intellegens esse,id. ib. 2. 4, 15, § 33.—Adv.: intellĕgenter , intelligently: “ut amice, ut intelligenter, ut attente audiamur,Cic. Part. 8, 28: “lectitare,Plin. Ep. 5, 16, 3.
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