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

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

Soprano Eleni Calenos was an inspired choice, with her rich tone and exquisite control, shifting easily from timid introvert to passionate (and deeply wronged) lover. cleveland.com, "Cleveland Opera Theater kicks off season with ingenious, talent-rich ‘La Boheme’," 16 Sep. 2019 Rae talks about being an awkward introvert in a field where having those attributes are especially difficult. Brittany Loggins, NBC News, "11 inspirational, must-read memoirs by the queens of comedy," 5 Sep. 2019 People who have worked with him both in the foreign office and in London’s city hall say that behind the ebullient facade is an introvert who rises early to write his own speeches and reads voraciously. Max Colchester, WSJ, "Tories Pin Brexit Hopes on Boris Johnson, Blunders and All," 28 June 2019 Some introverts also benefit from being allowed to work from home or other private settings more often. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "In a Digital Era, How Can Older Workers Stay in the Game?," 22 May 2018 Too many big personalities, and your dinner table will start to feel like the set of The McLaughlin Group; too many introverts, and the conversation could grind to a halt entirely. The Editors, Town & Country, "These 102 people who will be invited everywhere this season.," 1 Aug. 2019 Nina is warm and winning, while still experiencing symptoms any introvert or anxiety sufferer will find familiar and almost too relatable. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Hot Stuff: July romances offer 'knotty' self-discovery," 30 July 2019 Christian, on the other hand, is a tattooed ex-convict and almost pathologically shy introvert. Michael O'sullivan, Twin Cities, "Love blossoms in the aisles of a big-box store in the German drama ‘In the Aisles’," 18 July 2019 Shion, unlike past housemates, is asking in a genuine-seeming way and taking on the burden of creating conversation in this house of weirdos, mean girls, and introverts. Mariah Smith, The Cut, "This Episode of Terrace House Had More Tears (and Butts) Than Usual," 9 Apr. 2018

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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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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