Definition of insight in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɪnsʌɪt/


[mass noun]
1The capacity to gain an accurate and deep understanding of someone or something: his mind soared to previously unattainable heights of insight
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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.
1.1 [count noun] An accurate and deep understanding: his work provides important insights into language use [mass noun]: the town offers some insight into Finnish rural life
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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, illumination of;
introduction to, experience of, description of;
realization, recognition, enlightenment
informal aha moment
informal eye-opener
1.2 [mass noun] Psychiatry Awareness by a mentally ill person that their mental experiences are not based in external reality.
Example sentences
  • 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, wisdom'): probably of Scandinavian and Low German origin and related to Swedish insikt, Danish indsigt, Dutch inzicht, and German Einsicht.

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