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Princeton's WordNet

  1. penetration, insightnoun

    clear or deep perception of a situation

  2. insight, perceptiveness, perceptivitynoun

    a feeling of understanding

  3. insight, brainstorm, brainwavenoun

    the clear (and often sudden) understanding of a complex situation

  4. insight, sixth sensenoun

    grasping the inner nature of things intuitively


  1. insightnoun

    A sight or view of the interior of anything; a deep inspection or view; introspection; frequently used with into.

  2. insightnoun

    Power of acute observation and deduction; penetration; discernment; perception.

  3. insightnoun

    Knowledge (usually derived from consumer understanding) that a company applies in order to make a product or brand perform better and be more appealing to customers

  4. insightnoun

    The act or result of apprehending the inner nature of things or of seeing intuitively

  5. insightnoun

    An extended understanding of a subject resulting from identification of relationships and behaviors within a model, context, or scenario.

  6. Etymology: From insight, insiht, from in- (from) + sight, siht, or from insiht. Compare inzicht, Einsicht. More at in, sight.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Insightnoun

    Inspection; deep view; knowledge of the interiour parts; thorough skill in any thing.

    Etymology: insicht, Dutch. This word had formerly the accent on the first syllable.

    Hardy shepherd, such as thy merits, such may be her insight
    Justly to grant thee reward. Philip Sidney.

    Straightway sent with careful diligence
    To fetch a leech, the which had great insight
    In that disease of grieved conscience,
    And well could cure the same; his name was patience. Edmund Spenser.

    Now will be the right season of forming them to be able writers, when they shall be thus fraught with an universal insight into things. John Milton.

    The use of a little insight in those parts of knowledge, which are not a man's proper business, is to accustom our minds to all sorts of ideas. John Locke.

    A garden gives us a great insight into the contrivance and wisdom of providence, and suggests innumerable subjects of meditation. Spectator.

    Due consideration, and a deeper insight into things, would soon have made them sensible of their error. John Woodward.


  1. insight

    Insight is the ability to gain deep and intuitive understanding of a particular subject, situation, or problem. It involves perceiving the underlying truths or fundamental principles that may not be immediately obvious, leading to novel or significant observations, ideas, or solutions. Insight frequently emerges from a combination of knowledge, experience, perception, and critical thinking. It allows individuals to make connections, recognize patterns, and generate new perspectives or interpretations that can shape decision-making, problem-solving, and overall understanding.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Insightnoun

    a sight or view of the interior of anything; a deep inspection or view; introspection; -- frequently used with into

  2. Insightnoun

    power of acute observation and deduction; penetration; discernment; perception

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Insight

    in′sīt, n. sight into: thorough knowledge or skill: power of acute observation.

Editors Contribution

  1. insight

    The intuitive ability and quality of feeling, knowing and understanding accurately and logically.

    Divine insight and knowledge is very enlightening and empowers us with intelligence to change what we are currently experiencing and we are very grateful x

    Submitted by MaryC on April 1, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'insight' in Nouns Frequency: #1717

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of insight in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of insight in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of insight in a Sentence

  1. James Clapper:

    I find it very disturbing that here we were in compliance with a request of the then-President of the United States to put into one document our insight and knowledge of the profound threat that Russia posed to this country, and now, apparently, we're being punished for this. John( Brennan) already has been.

  2. Elbert Hubbard:

    The man who craves disciples and wants followers is always more or less of a charlatan. The man of genuine worth and insight wants to be himself; and he wants others to be themselves, also.

  3. Erik Pevernagie:

    Some day we feel the overall picture has slipped away. Only the details of life may help to find the whole ensemble. Our worldview does not comprehend the daily events anymore. Our conception of life is no longer a key for understanding, but is, on the contrary, blocking off our insight. We can, however, create space and time for an uplifting reflection and acquire an "Identity". ("Man without Qualities" )

  4. Chief Executive Ron Gula:

    It's a big raise. Insight Venture Partners realize that, insight Venture Partners are investing across the board.

  5. National Intelligence John Ratcliffe:

    Obviously the more, the better. But we've had extraordinary insight into this topic for many months, much more than has been declassified. Pretending we didn't is political theater and a classic example of a politician trying to buy time by using the IC as a scapegoat.

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