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Hi all!
What's the difference between (intelligent & smart)?
Thank you very much!
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Smart falls betweeen intelligent and clever

Intelligence is the ability to learn, understand and make judgments or have opinions that are based on reason, so intelligent = able to learn and understand things easily

Clever = having or showing the ability to learn and understand things quickly and easily

In usage, smart can mean someone who is quick and clever, or just someone who is intelligent.

He is a smart boy - he learned his times-tables in two days

That's a smart dog. She learns how to do things easily.

I think there is a difference of usage between UK English and USA English in this regard. From the USA perspective:

"Smart", "intelligent", and "clever" all mean the same thing: capacity to learn, ability to think abstractly, capability to solve problems, and to be able to do any of those things quickly.

"Smart" is neutral. "Intelligent" is a more sophisticated way of saying "smart".

"Clever" implies deviousness and is sometimes used to praise a smart way of doing something illicit.

"You think you're so clever." (said to a child who was discovered having told a well-crafted lie)

"Clever" is also the most interesting word, in my opinion.
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You may be right. In the UK you will hear it said (of politicians, generally) "He is really clever, but not particularly intelligent". It indicates the person is fast thinking, but often does not use common sense or reason.
That is interesting! I don't think I've ever heard someone described as "clever, but not intelligent", which seems contradictory to me. It seems there are indeed shades of meaning in UK English among these three words that do not exist in USA English.
Thank you Feebs11, thank you ScratchThat, it seems there's a difference in usage between British & American English with regard to those words,
British English there is a slight difference, while American English no difference.
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It doesn't matter between UK and US. We may have different slang terms, but proper grammar is almost entirely the same.

Smart can be appiled to many different things, like street smarts or book smarts, intelligence is pretty well kept, and some say you really can't do anything about your intelligence , you had a predisposed IQ when you were born, then depending on your environment it was either nurtured or neglected so you either reached you full potential or you didn't. Higher education will not affect your intelligence, while it may make you smarter in certain subjects, some might also say that you need a certain level of intelligence to get a higher education.

Smart is considered to have a great amount of knowledge. Intelligent is the ability to grasp a concept quickly. Intelligent is the ability to learn rapidly. Smart is having acquired a lot of knowledge, not necessarily quickly. A person can be smart and not particularly intelligent and an intelligent person can be not particularly smart.
Great explanation!

I would say:

I am intelligent because I study, attend classes and get straight As

but I am not smart because I am not able to apply all that knowledge in real life
doesn't that mean the politician is clever, fast thinking etc but he does not know how to use this ability well as he lacks knowledge to help him judge, hence he's not intelligent?
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