[ in-sahyt ]
/ ˈɪnˌsaɪt /

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an instance of apprehending the true nature of a thing, especially through intuitive understanding: an insight into 18th-century life.
penetrating mental vision or discernment; faculty of seeing into inner character or underlying truth.
  1. an understanding of relationships that sheds light on or helps solve a problem.
  2. (in psychotherapy) the recognition of sources of emotional difficulty.
  3. an understanding of the motivational forces behind one's actions, thoughts, or behavior; self-knowledge.

Origin of insight

Middle English word dating back to 1150–1200; see origin at in-1, sight

Can be confused

incite insight Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for insight


/ (ˈɪnˌsaɪt) /


the ability to perceive clearly or deeply; penetration
a penetrating and often sudden understanding, as of a complex situation or problem
  1. the capacity for understanding one's own or another's mental processes
  2. the immediate understanding of the significance of an event or action
psychiatry the ability to understand one's own problems, sometimes used to distinguish between psychotic and neurotic disorders

Derived Forms

insightful, adjective
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Medicine definitions for insight


[ ĭnsīt′ ]


Understanding, especially an understanding of the motives and reasons behind one's actions.

Related forms

insight•ful (ĭnsīt′fəl, ĭn-sīt-) adj.
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