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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.

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. Alex Hamerstone:

    The US government has a duty to protect its information, and we can assume that this decision is based on careful consideration and evidence, some or much of which they have not made public, while I don't have insight into the dealings of the Russian government and Kaspersky, we've seen in the news over the last few years that US companies regularly cooperate with US intelligence agencies … why would we think that this isn't happening in other countries too?

  2. The BBC:

    This harrowing documentary, made with the full support and cooperation of the victim’s parents, provides a revealing insight into a horrific crime that sent shockwaves around the world and led to protests across India demanding changes in attitudes towards women, the film handles the issue responsibly, and we are confident the program fully complies with our editorial guidelines.

  3. Nina Kraus:

    I can then take that electricity and play it out through a speaker and we can listen to your brain to see how well it does that job, by doing that we can gain insight to the health of your brain and nervous system.

  4. David Horvath:

    The young age of this deposit absolutely raises the possibility that there could still be volcanic activity on Mars, and it is intriguing that recent Marsquakes detected by the InSight mission are sourced from Cerberus Fossae.

  5. Kris Jenner:

    Kris Jenner shared. Reality % 20TV % 20Star % 0A KIM KARDASHIAN'S SEX TAPE WAS' DEVASTATING' SAYS MOM KRIS JENNER Of course not everyone is a fan of the Kardashian/Jenners, and the momager complimented her daughters for handling criticism well. They've got really thick skin, kim leads the pack. She's the queen of the thick skin. In June Kim was mommy-shamed for a picture of her son, Saint West, in a facing forward car seat, which could put a child at risk. But she got far more scrutiny during her traumatic 2016 robbery in Paris. Kris Jenner offered insight as to why they decided to share Kardashian-West’s Paris robbery on the long running reality series. So many people felt like they deserved the explanation of what happened because they had for the last decade followed every moment of her life and so then she felt like it would almost be a relief to be able to say it on her terms and explain what happened.

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