The words insight and incite sound very similar, but their meanings are very different.
InsightThe noun insight means an understanding of something. It often carries the connotation of a clear understanding with an insider's perspective.
- The film offers a useful insight into sharks' behaviour.
- She has a good insight into the company's strategy.
InciteThe verb to incite means to stimulate action, to rouse, or to stir up.
- A 29-year-old man from Dover was arrested for trying to incite a riot.
- The event is seeking to incite enthusiasm in young people.
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YOU CANNOT HAVE INCITEYou cannot have incite. The word incite is only ever a verb. Like all verbs, it has various forms, e.g., inciting, incited, incites.
You can, however, have insight. Insight is a noun. It has two forms: insight and insights (plural).