See also: INSEE

English edit

Etymology edit

From in- +‎ see, or taken as a back-formation of inseeing, itself a loan-translation / calque of German Einsehen (recognition, observation). Compare Old English onsēon (to look on, observe, regard, take notice of). More at insight.

Verb edit

insee (third-person singular simple present insees, present participle inseeing, simple past insaw, past participle inseen)

  1. To see into; to observe acutely.
    • 1992, Victoria Harris, The incorporative consciousness of Robert Bly:
      First, moving from his internal region outwards to other internal regions, the speaker insees the "tear inside the stone."
  2. To have or gain insight into; to empathise with or come to fully understand one's point of view.
    • 1990, Sandra Gilbert, Acts of attention: the poems of D.H. Lawrence:
      This process of intuitional knowledge is strikingly analogous to the process of inseeing (Einsehen) Rilke described in his letters. I love inseeing. Can you imagine with me how glorious it is to insee...
  3. To inspect.

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