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 Her mother was an introvert, the daughter said, and enjoyed curling up with a book. Jennifer Bjorhus, Star Tribune, "Barbara K. Blackstone, pioneering Minnesota mediator, dies at 79," 23 Jan. 2021 As a fellow introvert, that last bit hit me keenly. Robin Abrahams, BostonGlobe.com, "Everything about the pandemic has been bad, except this...," 21 Jan. 2021 Nick said having their freshman year together was, in a way, a relief for an introvert like him. Kelly Meyerhofer, Star Tribune, "Wisconsin quadruplets begin college from childhood home," 16 Jan. 2021 But then there's an introvert and extrovert in that balance with Eloise being the extrovert who vocalizes everything. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Exclusive: "Bridgerton" Stars Claudia Jessie and Nicola Coughlan on Eloise and Penelope's Iconic Friendship," 29 Dec. 2020 Her 7-year-old son, Benny Jr., an introvert, had finally started to open up, making a core group of friends at Our Lady of Guadalupe Elementary School on Hazard Avenue. Los Angeles Times, "In East L.A., coronavirus has rewired the rhythms of daily life," 28 Dec. 2020 As a natural introvert with a penchant for catastrophizing, this wasn’t exactly my time to shine. Anna Myers, refinery29.com, "I’ve Made More Authentic Friends During The Pandemic Than Ever Before," 22 Dec. 2020 Flett said her experience as an introvert informs her books, with details — like the makeup of a family unit — purposefully left unspecified. Alex Hazlett, NBC News, "Canadian illustrator Julie Flett's books reveal the truth about modern Indigenous life," 26 Nov. 2020 Anhalt describes herself as an intense extrovert and her partner as an intense introvert. Jaime Stathis, Wired, "Move Over, Zoom—Voice Memos Are the Real Way to Stay in Touch," 14 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb As a sober person, the idea of staying in, introverting, and enjoying downtime isn’t what’s getting to me. Carly Benson, SELF, "How to Stay Sober in a Literal Pandemic," 30 Mar. 2020 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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2 Feb 2021

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“Introvert.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/introvert. Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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More Definitions for introvert

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 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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