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insight

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noun in·sight \ˈin-ˌsīt\

Simple Definition of insight

  • : the ability to understand people and situations in a very clear way

  • : an understanding of the true nature of something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of insight

  1. 1 :  the power or act of seeing into a situation :  penetration

  2. 2 :  the act or result of apprehending the inner nature of things or of seeing intuitively

Examples of insight in a sentence

  1. … I had a big insight and a little insight about the book. —Rust Hills, Esquire, April 1973

  2. … realizing this gave me no insight into how to correct it. —Bartley McSwine, Change, May–June 1971

  3. … might well offer fresh insights as to the character and extent of the social adaptation involved. —George C. Barker, ETC, Summer 1945

  4. He is a leader of great insight.

  5. The author analyzes the problem with remarkable insight.

  6. I had a sudden insight.

  7. Her book provides us with fresh new insights into this behavior.



13th Century

First Known Use of insight

13th century

Synonym Discussion of insight

discernment, discrimination, perception, penetration, insight, acumen mean a power to see what is not evident to the average mind. discernment stresses accuracy (as in reading character or motives or appreciating art) <the discernment to know true friends>. discrimination stresses the power to distinguish and select what is true or appropriate or excellent <the discrimination that develops through listening to a lot of great music>. perception implies quick and often sympathetic discernment (as of shades of feeling) <a novelist of keen perception into human motives>. penetration implies a searching mind that goes beyond what is obvious or superficial <lacks the penetration to see the scorn beneath their friendly smiles>. insight suggests depth of discernment coupled with understanding sympathy <a documentary providing insight into the plight of the homeless>. acumen implies characteristic penetration combined with keen practical judgment <a director of reliable box-office acumen>.

Rhymes with insight

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INSIGHT Defined for Kids

insight

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noun in·sight \ˈin-ˌsīt\

Definition of insight for Students

  1. 1 :  the ability to understand a person or a situation very clearly

  2. 2 :  the understanding of the truth of a situation




Medical Dictionary

insight

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noun in·sight \ˈin-ˌsīt\

Medical Definition of insight

  1. 1:  understanding or awareness of one's mental or emotional state or condition

  2. 2:  immediate and clear understanding (as seeing the solution to a problem or the means to reaching a goal) that takes place without recourse to overt trial-and-error behavior





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