verb (used without object)

to practice introspection; consider one's own internal state or feelings.

verb (used with object)

to look into or examine (one's own mind, feelings, etc.).

Origin of introspect

First recorded in 1675–85; back formation from introspection
Related formsin·tro·spect·a·ble, in·tro·spect·i·ble, adjectivein·tro·spec·tion, nounin·tro·spec·tive, adjectivein·tro·spec·tor, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for introspect

Historical Examples of introspect

  • Self-accusation was a phase of introspect in which she never indulged.

  • When we try to introspect the sensation of blue, all we can see is the blue; the other element is as if it were diaphanous.

  • True, the lecture and the book may tell us what to look for when we introspect, and how to understand what we find.

    The Mind and Its Education

    George Herbert Betts

British Dictionary definitions for introspect



(intr) to examine and analyse one's own thoughts and feelings
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Word Origin and History for introspect

1680s, from Latin introspectus, past participle of introspicere "look at, look into" (see introspection). Related: Introspected; introspecting.

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