Definition of insight in US English:

insight

noun

  • 1The capacity to gain an accurate and deep intuitive understanding of a person or thing.

    ‘this paper is alive with sympathetic insight into Shakespeare’
    • ‘And as we get older our perspectives grow wider: we forget a lot but we also gain more insight into things.’
    • ‘Seth gives us insight into the reasons for his divorce and why he needed to leave his job as an accountant.’
    • ‘We also envisage this as a discovery kind of museum in which the villagers can gain some insight into science.’
    • ‘I think it's by reading his work that we can gain quick insight into how to become rich quickly.’
    • ‘Interviewing must have given him insight into human nature, but what insights has it given into himself?’
    • ‘We thus gained insight into how easy it is for the whole content of the news to be controlled.’
    • ‘Wisdom and love, insight into the Supreme and fellowship with other human beings had to go together.’
    • ‘Understanding of the role that deprivation has in epilepsy gives insight into its aetiology and management.’
    • ‘This is the word from the Catholic Church, who have far more insight into these matters than lowly commoners such as myself.’
    • ‘At best, you could gain some insight into how to improve your performance.’
    • ‘Thus, the British army never gained any insight into what had gone wrong in the last war.’
    • ‘The subject feels that he has gained insight into important truths and believes that he has a duty to share these with the world.’
    • ‘She did not seem to have enough insight into the reasons for this disconnection.’
    • ‘Endurance could provide insight into the environmental history of the area, but there are risks.’
    • ‘Such austerities were employed in an attempt to gain insight into the fundamental nature of existence.’
    • ‘Words leave the page and become real, and you gain rare insight into the authors, their books, and their passions.’
    • ‘She has not gained insight into her pre-existing persecutory beliefs.’
    • ‘Killeen however did have some insight into the reason behind the difference behind the shows.’
    • ‘Did either one of you at any time feel that you got truly into his soul, insight into what makes this man tick?’
    • ‘It gives us a way to gain some insight into what type of fatigue they're dealing with and the best way to manage that fatigue.’
    intuition, perception, awareness, discernment, understanding, comprehension, apprehension, appreciation, cognizance, penetration, acumen, astuteness, perspicacity, perspicaciousness, sagacity, sageness, discrimination, judgement, shrewdness, sharpness, sharp-wittedness, acuity, acuteness, flair, breadth of view, vision, far-sightedness, prescience, imagination
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    1. 1.1 A deep understanding of a person or thing.
      ‘the signals would give marine biologists new insights into the behavior of whales’
      • ‘Rather, in this section we pull out for the reader the key assumptions and insights offered by each.’
      • ‘Einstein had deep insights into how to incorporate gravitation into relativity theory.’
      • ‘The events of the last weeks and months give important insights into the changes now underway.’
      • ‘All this research has brought to the surface new detail, though few new insights.’
      • ‘Theories in international politics offer insights into the behaviour of states.’
      • ‘Secondly, other studies often provide insights that are suggestive for one's own data.’
      • ‘This method is described and provides insights into the magnitude and basis of this limitation.’
      • ‘They will provide powerful insights into the effects of different herbicide usage.’
      • ‘Recently Ms. Packer offered her design insights in creating floral arrangements.’
      • ‘The analysis of James as the ruler of a composite monarchy produces many new and important insights.’
      • ‘He had a lot of really deep insights, but its a tremendous lot of work to extract them from his text.’
      • ‘They offer their own insights into the text and interrogate the responses of others.’
      • ‘Literature provides insights into the human condition in a way that no political treatise can match.’
      • ‘The development of an embryo provides insights into the evolutionary origin of the animal.’
      • ‘These provide insights about conditions that induce errors and the errors that result.’
      • ‘There are other fun insights provided by the former royal chefs or servants.’
      • ‘He does not offer us any insights into the historical and psychological reasons for the rise of Nazism.’
      • ‘He provides insights but does not insist on answers; he records but is careful in his judgment.’
      • ‘Clearly this does not give an accurate historical account but it can provide us with helpful insights.’
      • ‘To discover the past as it really was, we must probe it with insights derived from the present.’
      understanding of, appreciation of, revelation about, illumination of
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    2. 1.2Psychiatry New understanding by a mentally ill person of the causes of their disorder.
      • ‘These results suggest that preserved insight may be a protective factor that buffers mentally ill mothers.’
      • ‘A growing body of evidence points to the fact that for many people with serious mental illness, lack of insight is a medically based condition.’

Origin

Middle English (in the sense ‘inner sight, wisdom’): probably of Scandinavian and Low German origin and related to Swedish insikt, Danish indsigt, Dutch inzicht, and German Einsicht.

Pronunciation

insight

/ˈinˌsīt//ˈɪnˌsaɪt/