Definition of “insight” - English Dictionary

“insight” in British 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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  • The documentary offers an insight into the everyday lives of millions of ordinary Russian citizens.
  • The fight for the leadership gave a fascinating insight into the group's dynamics.
  • Her books are full of perceptive insights into the human condition.
  • His book offers some fresh insights into the events leading up to the war.
  • The research affords a new insight into the origins of the universe.
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)