Definition of insight in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈinˌsīt/


1The capacity to gain an accurate and deep intuitive understanding of a person or thing: this paper is alive with sympathetic insight into Shakespeare
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  • And as we get older our perspectives grow wider: we forget a lot but we also gain more insight into things.
  • We also envisage this as a discovery kind of museum in which the villagers can gain some insight into science.
  • Words leave the page and become real, and you gain rare insight into the authors, their books, and their passions.
intuition, discernment, perception, awareness, understanding, comprehension, apprehension, appreciation, penetration, acumen, perspicacity, judgment, acuity;
vision, wisdom, prescience
informal savvy
1.1A deep understanding of a person or thing: the signals would give marine biologists new insights into the behavior of whales
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  • Secondly, other studies often provide insights that are suggestive for one's own data.
  • Einstein had deep insights into how to incorporate gravitation into relativity theory.
  • Rather, in this section we pull out for the reader the key assumptions and insights offered by each.
understanding of, appreciation of, revelation about;
introduction to
informal eye-opener about
1.2 Psychiatry New understanding by a mentally ill person of the causes of their disorder.
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  • 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.
  • These results suggest that preserved insight may be a protective factor that buffers mentally ill mothers.


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

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Syllabification: in·sight

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