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[noun, adjective in-truh-vurt; verb in-truh-vurt] /noun, adjective ˈɪn trəˌvɜrt; verb ˌɪn trəˈvɜrt/
a shy person.
Psychology. a person characterized by concern primarily with his or her own thoughts and feelings (opposed to extrovert).
Zoology. a part that is or can be introverted.
Psychology. marked by introversion.
verb (used with object)
to turn inward:
to introvert one's anger.
Psychology. to direct (the mind, one's interest, etc.) partly to things within the self.
Anatomy, Zoology. to turn (a hollow, cylindrical structure) in on itself; invaginate.
Origin of introvert
First recorded in 1660-70; intro- + (in)vert
Related forms
nonintroverted, adjective
nonintrovertedly, adverb
nonintrovertedness, noun
unintroverted, adjective
Can be confused
extrovert, introvert. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for introverted
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  • I'd never talked with anyone from a Place that had been introverted.

    The Big Time Fritz Reuter Leiber
  • introverted upon his own heart, it was keen, unsparing, insidiously subtle.

  • She sank into a chair half laughing and yet with an introverted expressionrecueillement desprit, he thought to himself, bitterly.

  • Surely, if the Maintainer had been introverted before he jumped on the bar, we'd all have noticed the flashing blue telltale.

    The Big Time Fritz Reuter Leiber
  • The former correspond to my introverted and the latter to my extroverted type.

British Dictionary definitions for introverted


noun (ˈɪntrəˌvɜːt)
(psychol) a person prone to introversion
adjective (ˈɪntrəˌvɜːt)
Also introverted. characterized by introversion
verb (ˌɪntrəˈvɜːt)
(transitive) (pathol) to turn (a hollow organ or part) inside out
Compare extrovert
Word Origin
C17: see intro-, invert
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Word Origin and History for introverted

1781, "directed inward," past participle adjective from introvert. Psychological sense is from 1915.



1650s, from Latin intro- "inward" (see intro-) + vertere "to turn" (see versus). The noun, "introverted person" (opposed to extrovert) is 1918, from German psychology, introduced there by C.G. Jung (1875-1961).

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introverted in Medicine

introvert in·tro·vert (ĭn'trə-vûrt', ĭn'trə-vûrt')
v. in·tro·vert·ed, in·tro·vert·ing, in·tro·verts

  1. To turn or direct inward.

  2. To concentrate one's interests upon oneself.

  3. To turn a tubular organ or part inward upon itself.

n. (ĭn'trə-vûrt')
  1. One whose thoughts and feelings are directed toward oneself.

  2. An anatomical structure that is capable of being introverted.

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introverted in Culture
introvert [(in-truh-vurt)]

A term introduced by the psychologist Carl Jung to describe a person whose motives and actions are directed inward. Introverts tend to be preoccupied with their own thoughts and feelings and minimize their contact with other people. (Compare extrovert.)

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