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“insight” in English

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insightnoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˈɪn.saɪt/ us /ˈɪn.saɪt/

C1 (the ability to have) a clear, deep, and sometimes sudden understanding of a complicated problem or situation:

It was an interesting book, full of fascinating insights into human relationships.

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insightful
adjective uk /ˈɪn.saɪt.fəl/ us /ˈɪn.saɪt.fəl/ approving

She has written an insightful account of the modern art world.

(Definition of “insight” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“insight” in American English

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insightnoun [ C/U ]

us /ˈɪnˌsɑɪt/

a clear, deep, and sometimes sudden understanding of a complicated problem or situation, or the ability to have such an understanding:

[ C ] Hurston’s writings were recognized for their insights.
[ U ] His work shows originality and insight.
insightful
adjective us /ɪnˈsɑɪt·fəl, ˈɪnˌsɑɪt-/

an insightful observation

(Definition of “insight” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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insight

Should the government always need to have a certain insight into what a certain manufacturer does, and how can this be monitored?
There is nothing new about the insight that slower population growth has a positive effect on a country’s development and helps to reduce poverty.
In order to succeed, we need insight and vision, but also the right decisions, which, above all, we need to carry out.
We worked well together and managed, via a poll, to gain more insight into the finer points of the cultural industries.
In addition, we will gain a better insight into the actual situation concerning participation of men and women and we shall have access to better, updated statistics.
If we wish the public to continue to support development cooperation, we will need to gain more insight into the results of our work.
We want its powers to be extended because we want insight into all the data - including that at regional and municipal level and for social security.
Civil society's grassroots involvement will provide a clearer insight into the difficulties encountered by asylum seekers, and into the failures of the national systems.
I appreciate that much of the information is sensitive, but a comprehensive overview of the activities does not give us a direct insight into the policy's effectiveness.
I also hope that we produce some insight in this context and that we shall be able to compare which procedures are quickest and best in the various countries.