verb (used with object)
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What does extrovert mean?
An extrovert is someone said to have a personality type that is social and outgoing.
The term extrovert is often contrasted with the term introvert in the study, classification, and popular discussion of personality types. Extroverts enjoy being around other people and tend to focus on the outside world, while introverts are the opposite—they prefer solitude and tend to focus on their own thoughts. Someone who’s an extrovert can be described as extroverted or as displaying extroversion. Less commonly, the word can be spelled extravert.
Example: Giovanni was the kind of extrovert who gave everyone a personalized greeting upon entering the room.
Where does extrovert come from?
The first records of extrovert come from the 1600s—around the same as introvert. Both terms precede online personality quizzes by about 400 years, but it wasn’t until the 1900s that they began to be popularly used in the context of psychology to refer to people with certain personality types. The first part of extrovert is a variation of the prefix extra- (hence the variant spelling extravert), meaning “outside,” and the Latin vertere, meaning “to turn” (as in invert). Etymologically, introverts turn inward and extroverts turn outward.
While introverts are turning in for the night, extroverts are turning up at parties (and often texting their introvert friends to see if they’re coming). The concept of personality types like extrovert and introvert (among others) was developed by psychologist Carl Jung in the early 1900s. He described extroverts as responsive to other people, aggressive, and able to be quick with decision making. Extroverts thrive around other people, while introverts are thought to do best in familiar environments with less social uncertainty. Having some extroverted qualities is often seen as desirable. Though some people are highly extroverted, many personality type theories state that most people have at least some elements of introversion and extroversion.
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What are some other forms related to extrovert?
- extroverted (adjective)
- extroversion (noun)
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How is extrovert used in real life?
Extrovert is often used in the context of personality tests that claim to be able to tell you what kind of personality type you are. Many people label themselves as either an introvert or an extrovert, although most people have qualities of both.
Seems that natural extroverts are most often groomed for leadership roles.
— Daniel Brennan (@danbrennan73) October 7, 2017
Just a friendly reminder to all my extrovert friends who I love, if you FaceTime me without warning you will be arrested.
— Meaghan Oppenheimer (@MoppyOpps) April 14, 2020
My uni friends have all just taken a personality test – 4 introverts and 1 extrovert, and the extrovert has just said, crestfallen, 'hang on, do you mean you don't all get your energy from me like I do from you?' No mate we love you but have to have a little lie-down after.
— Kate hEUson (@katejhewson) April 30, 2020
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Which of the following would NOT be used to describe an extrovert?
Example sentences from the Web for extrovert
A self-willed marvel, he was not even a natural athlete or much of an extrovert.
I was sort of middle-American “aw, shucks” guy for a big part of my career, so the extrovert is always fun.
The introvert is characterised by the thought standpoint; the extrovert by the feeling standpoint.
Count Duklass had thinning red hair and a plump, agreeable, extrovert's face.Ministry of Disturbance|Henry Beam Piper
The opposite applies to the feeling and thought of the extrovert.
The extrovert is the typical active; always leaning out of the window and setting up contacts with the outside world.The Life of the Spirit and the Life of To-day|Evelyn Underhill
What is your impression of him as his being introspective or an introvert or an extrovert?Warren Commission (9 of 26): Hearings Vol. IX (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
British Dictionary definitions for extrovert
Derived forms of extrovertextroverted or extraverted, adjective
Word Origin for extrovert
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Cultural definitions for extrovert
A term introduced by the psychologist Carl Jung to describe a person whose motives and actions are directed outward. Extroverts are more prone to action than contemplation, make friends readily, adjust easily to social situations, and generally show warm interest in their surroundings. (Compare introvert.)