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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That blip is just a small insight into Mark's personal life, where his wife and three children are clearly at the center of it all. Marie Milano, Country Living, "Shark Tank's Mark Cuban and His Wife Tiffany's Marriage Is Worth More Than Money Can Buy," 10 Mar. 2019 With exuberance, insight and wit, Smith peels the layers off existence, letting in light and even some joy. Mary Ann Gwinn, The Seattle Times, "A closer look at three National Book Critics Circle finalists," 20 Feb. 2019 While there's not much information about what Steven was like as a child, there is some insight to Cary's early life. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "The True Story Behind Cary Stayner's Murders and His Brother Steven's Legacy," 25 Jan. 2019 Watch the clip, above, and stay tuned for more AWOK’d insights in episodes to come. Noor Brara, Vogue, "Anna Wintour Approves of Platform Shoes and Meghan Markle’s Text Messages," 22 Jan. 2019 If your mom went through early menopause, for example, getting your hormone levels tested could give you a little more insight about having kids earlier or freezing your eggs. Macaela Mackenzie, Glamour, "Do You Need a Fertility Test—Even If You’re Not Trying to Get Pregnant?," 13 Dec. 2018 Follow him on LinkedIn or Instagram for behind the scenes footage and insights from his interviews and travels. Paul C. Brunson, USA TODAY, "For a well-versed presentation, be authentic and ditch the script," 12 July 2018 The central insight most political analysts claim to offer about electoral upsets—and a central tenet of the self-understanding of the insurgents themselves—is that voters are reclaiming national... Joseph C. Sternberg, WSJ, "Taking Back Some Other Guy’s Control," 28 Feb. 2019 But the funniest insight came when Chrissy reflected on an old, hilarious tweet about her and John Legend's relationship (one of her favorite topics to joke about). Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "The Hilarious, Sexy Fib Chrissy Teigen Told John Legend on Their First Date," 6 Feb. 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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