insight

noun
in·​sight | \ ˈin-ˌsīt How to pronounce insight (audio) \

Definition of insight

1 : the power or act of seeing into a situation : penetration
2 : the act or result of apprehending the inner nature of things or of seeing intuitively

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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

Examples of insight in a Sentence

… I had a big insight and a little insight about the book. — Rust Hills, Esquire, April 1973 … realizing this gave me no insight into how to correct it. — Bartley McSwine, Change, May–June 1971 … might well offer fresh insights as to the character and extent of the social adaptation involved. — George C. Barker, ETC, Summer 1945 He is a leader of great insight. The author analyzes the problem with remarkable insight. I had a sudden insight. Her book provides us with fresh new insights into this behavior.
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The town of Sevnica has become an overnight tourist attraction following Trump’s election into office in 2016, with some journalists looking for insight into the first lady. Fox News, "Melania Trump honored with odd statue likened to a 'scarecrow' in her Slovenian home town," 7 July 2019 The pictures of Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and her baby again gave royal fans insight into the fascinating lives of their favorite family. Rachel E. Greenspan, Time, "Photos of Royal Baby Archie at His Christening Are Here," 6 July 2019 The program with the tabloid-sounding title gathers six astronauts who took part in Apollo program missions to jointly share their memories and insights. Washington Post, "TV is over the moon with specials recounting 1969 landing," 6 July 2019 William Poundstone Gott’s insight was that learning the past duration of the wall gives a clue to its future duration. William Poundstone, Vox, "A math equation that predicts the end of humanity," 5 July 2019 But the key conservative insight is that not all history is stoppable, nor is stopping it always the best option. The Economist, "Conservatism is fighting for its life against reactionary nationalism," 4 July 2019 Last Knight on Earth and all things in between, get insights into one of the genre’s most influential teams. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Comic-Con 2019: Here’s your Thursday schedule," 4 July 2019 Sign up for insight on the Buckeyes in your phone for $3.99 per month. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland.com, "Rewatching the Ohio State-Michigan game from 2006: Buckeye Talk Podcast," 3 July 2019 One More Thing Looking for more insight into the Democratic candidates vying to take on President Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election? Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Jony Ive's Departure Means Big Changes Are Coming to Apple," 29 June 2019

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First Known Use of insight

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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insight

noun

English Language Learners Definition of insight

: the ability to understand people and situations in a very clear way
: an understanding of the true nature of something

insight

noun
in·​sight | \ ˈin-ˌsīt How to pronounce insight (audio) \

Kids Definition of insight

1 : the ability to understand a person or a situation very clearly
2 : the understanding of the truth of a situation

insight

noun
in·​sight | \ ˈin-ˌsīt How to pronounce insight (audio) \

Medical Definition of insight

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