introvert

noun
in·​tro·​vert | \ ˈin-trə-ˌvərt How to pronounce introvert (audio) \

Definition of introvert

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : one whose personality is characterized by introversion especially : a reserved or shy person who enjoys spending time alone His research further shows that about 70% of top executives are introverts. — Linda Grant — compare extrovert
2 : something (such as the retractile proboscis of some worms) that is or can be drawn in especially by invagination

introvert

verb
introverted; introverting; introverts

Definition of introvert (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to turn inward or in upon itself: such as
a : to concentrate or direct upon oneself
b : to produce psychological introversion in

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Synonyms & Antonyms for introvert

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of introvert in a Sentence

Noun although interested in the public welfare, he was too much of an introvert to consider personally running for political office
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In an interview alongside his film’s star, Paul Walter Hauser, Eastwood spoke with The Associated Press about his struggle to get the film made, finding success in Hollywood despite being an introvert, and criticisms of the film’s accuracy. Washington Post, "Eastwood on ‘Richard Jewell,’ criticism and finding stories," 12 Dec. 2019 In an interview alongside his film’s star, Paul Walter Hauser, Eastwood spoke with The Associated Press about his struggle to get the film made, finding success in Hollywood despite being an introvert, and criticisms of the film’s accuracy. Marcela Isaza, chicagotribune.com, "Clint Eastwood on ‘Richard Jewell,’ criticism and finding stories," 12 Dec. 2019 This is something especially good for the out-of-town love or someone who needs a reminder of how great Cincinnati is. 5) Show off your gingerbread house trix ... and chill Is your date an introvert? Briana Rice, Cincinnati.com, "5 Cincinnati holiday date night ideas that will make your love swoon," 12 Dec. 2019 The absent herd member is MBN, the introvert of the bunch, the one always hovering nearby, but separate from the group. Paul Kvinta, Outside Online, "I Bought an Elephant to Find Out How to Save Them," 12 Nov. 2019 Whereas Mr Flint was seen as a cerebral introvert, Mr Quinn is forthcoming, verging on blunt. The Economist, "As profits dwindle, HSBC plans a radical overhaul," 2 Nov. 2019 So a Big Five personality test doesn't try to carve people into distinct categories—either an extrovert or an introvert, agreeable or not. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Conscientiousness may matter less if you’re a lawyer than if you’re in sales," 30 Oct. 2019 Fairy lights help set a mood, whether the student is an extrovert or introvert. Sonja Haller, USA TODAY, "Jill Martin is your guide to dorm room awesomeness: 'You're making this your little house'," 13 Aug. 2019 During the interview, Scafaria also talks about working with Jennifer Lopez, why there’s so little nudity even in the film’s strip club scenes, and how an introvert such as herself is handling the crush of Hollywood awards campaigning. Lauren Huff, EW.com, "The Awardist podcast: Lorene Scafaria on Hustlers, and Lulu Wang and Zhao Shuzhen on The Farewell," 3 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Which is to say, the music and script still fuse marvelously in the account of the big lie in which introverted Evan Hansen envelops himself and the vulnerable people around him. Peter Marks, Washington Post, "Welcome home, ‘Dear Evan Hansen.’ You’re back where you belong.," 8 Aug. 2019 In fact, introverts feel more alive and at an equilibrium in quiet, minimally stimulating environments. K. Lori Hanson, Ph.d., miamiherald, "10 good reasons to celebrate your 'too sensitive' child | Miami Herald," 14 May 2018 Being introverted – often described as a person's comfort with various levels of stimulation and the need to detach in order to recharge one’s batteries – is a good thing. K. Lori Hanson, Ph.d., miamiherald, "10 good reasons to celebrate your 'too sensitive' child | Miami Herald," 14 May 2018 Lincecum, introverted by nature, politely declined. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "Tim Lincecum on legacy, loss and identity: 'I realized I care about baseball so much'," 14 Mar. 2018 So help me out, readers - are any of you introverts, like me? Ellie Delano, Woman's Day, "Sometimes I Miss The Married Stuff We Used To Do," 15 July 2014 Surrounded by studio hands including Philadelphia musician Alex G on guitar, Ocean introverted himself to get in the zone. Eve Barlow, Billboard, "Frank Ocean Brings Out Brad Pitt, Covers Stevie Wonder at FYF Fest 2017 in L.A.," 23 July 2017 Obama's so much colder and more restrained than that, so much more ruthlessly calculated and inward-looking, so much more mysteriously introverted even as his rhetoric explodes in flashes of fascinating brilliance. Stephen Marche, Esquire, "The Generation War of This Election — and Beyond," 17 Oct. 2012

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First Known Use of introvert

Noun

1878, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Verb

1669, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for introvert

Verb

intro- + -vert (as in divert)

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The first known use of introvert was in 1669

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5 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Introvert.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/introvert. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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More Definitions for introvert

introvert

noun
How to pronounce introvert (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of introvert

: a shy person : a quiet person who does not find it easy to talk to other people

introvert

transitive verb
in·​tro·​vert | \ ˈin-trə-ˌvərt How to pronounce introvert (audio) \

Medical Definition of introvert

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to turn inward or in upon itself: as
a : to concentrate or direct upon oneself
b : to produce psychological introversion in

introvert

noun

Medical Definition of introvert (Entry 2 of 2)

: one whose attention and interests are directed toward one's own thoughts and feelings : one whose personality is characterized by introversion broadly : a reserved or shy person — compare extrovert

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