introvert

noun
in·tro·vert | \ ˈin-trə-ˌvərt \

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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Other words from introvert

Noun

introverted \ˈin-trə-ˌvər-təd \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for introvert

Synonyms: Noun

shrinking violet, wallflower

Antonyms: Noun

extrovert (also extravert)

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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

Because introverts are often blessed with: A rich inner life. K. Lori Hanson, Ph.d., miamiherald, "10 good reasons to celebrate your 'too sensitive' child | Miami Herald," 14 May 2018 This month sees a cool collection of music makers representing happy hardcore from the U.K., alternative indie from Connecticut, boss-level bass from Austin, introvert vibes from England, and pure dance floor beats from Berlin. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Billboard Dance's Ones to Watch: June 2018," 27 June 2018 In the past few years, much has been made of the differences between introverts and extroverts. Becca Endicott, ELLE Decor, "Why Introverts And Extroverts Need Different Home Decor To Thrive," 14 Dec. 2017 In a company full of sharp elbows and big egos, the animator distinguished himself as an introvert adept at bringing a level of emotional depth to his films. Rebecca Keegan, HWD, "Pete Docter and Jennifer Lee Are Taking Over for Disney’s Ousted John Lasseter," 19 June 2018 Motor is an optimistic extrovert; Deano is a pessimistic introvert. Dave Barry, miamiherald, "Dave Barry: On Father's Day, don't forget the soccer dads — or their 'warrior' daughters," 14 June 2018 In spite of a public career, Janet was an introvert who loved her time alone with a good book. courant.com, "Janet Kniffin," 14 June 2018 Messi is an introvert, not just by comparison with his sporting rival but compared to almost anyone. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo? Be careful how you answer," 14 June 2018 Similarly, a person who identifies as an introvert may not enjoy the company of someone who is super social around the clock. Amy Louise Bailey, Vogue, "How to Master the Art of Group Travel," 7 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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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introvert

noun

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 \

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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