introvert

[ noun, adjective in-truh-vurt; verb in-truh-vurt ]
/ noun, adjective ˈɪn trəˌvɜrt; verb ˌɪn trəˈvɜrt /

noun

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.

adjective

Psychology. marked by introversion.

verb (used with object)


Nearby words

  1. introspect,
  2. introspection,
  3. introspective,
  4. introsusception,
  5. introversion,
  6. introverted,
  7. intrude,
  8. intruder,
  9. intruder in the dust,
  10. intrusion

Origin of introvert

First recorded in 1660–70; intro- + (in)vert

Related formsnon·in·tro·vert·ed, adjectivenon·in·tro·vert·ed·ly, adverbnon·in·tro·vert·ed·ness, nounun·in·tro·vert·ed, adjective

Can be confusedextrovert introvert

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Examples from the Web for introverting

  • I felt my mind flinch, because Introverting a Place is several degrees worse than foxholing.

    The Big Time|Fritz Reuter Leiber


British Dictionary definitions for introverting

introvert

noun (ˈɪntrəˌvɜːt)

psychol a person prone to introversion

adjective (ˈɪntrəˌvɜːt)

Also: introverted characterized by introversion

verb (ˌɪntrəˈvɜːt)

(tr) pathol to turn (a hollow organ or part) inside out
Compare extrovert

Word Origin for introvert

C17: see intro-, invert

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Word Origin and History for introverting

introvert

v.

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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Medicine definitions for introverting

introvert

[ ĭntrə-vûrt′, ĭn′trə-vûrt ]

v.

To turn or direct inward.
To concentrate one's interests upon oneself.
To turn a tubular organ or part inward upon itself.

n.

One whose thoughts and feelings are directed toward oneself.
An anatomical structure that is capable of being introverted.

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Culture definitions for introverting

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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