introvert

An introvert generally prefers solitary activities to interacting with large groups of people. If you would rather work through your feelings in your diary than have a conversation, then you are an introvert.

Introvert comes from Latin intro-, "inward," and vertere, "turning." It describes a person who tends to turn inward mentally. Introverts sometimes avoid large groups of people, feeling more energized by time alone. The opposite of an introvert is an extrovert, who finds energy in interactions with others. Introvert can also be a verb, meaning literally to "fold inward," or to "turn inward," as when a child's personality seems to introvert once she starts elementary school.

Definitions of introvert
  1. noun
    (psychology) a person who tends to shrink from social contacts and to become preoccupied with their own thoughts
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    Antonyms:
    extravert, extrovert
    (psychology) a person concerned more with practical realities than with inner thoughts and feelings
    type of:
    individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul
    a human being
  2. verb
    fold inwards
    synonyms: invaginate
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    types:
    intussuscept
    introvert or invaginate
    type of:
    draw in, retract
    pull inward or towards a center
  3. verb
    turn inside
    “He introverted his feelings”
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    type of:
    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
Commonly confused words

introvert / extrovert

These two personality types are opposites — introverts focus inward, into their own thoughts, and extroverts focus outward, into the world. But don't get too excited; most people are a little bit of both.

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