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[ek-struh-vurt, -stroh-] /ˈɛk strəˌvɜrt, -stroʊ-/
an outgoing, gregarious person.
Psychology. a person characterized by extroversion; a person concerned primarily with the physical and social environment (opposed to introvert).
Also, extroverted. Psychology. marked by extroversion.
verb (used with object)
Psychology. to direct (the mind, one's interest, etc.) outward or to things outside the self.
Also, extravert.
1665-75; extro- + Latin vertere to turn
Can be confused
extrovert, introvert. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for extrovert
  • Some people are introvert and some are extrovert.
  • Jung went on to have an enduring influence on psychology—his terms “introvert” and “extrovert” are still in popular use today.
  • Her husband would become gregarious, outgoing, an honest-to-goodness extrovert.
  • I'm definitely an exhausted introvert married to an extrovert.
  • She is loyal, loud and funny, an extrovert who loves life.
  • In the classroom, obviously, I appear to be a classic extrovert.
  • You can be friendly and likable without being extroverted.
  • Leave an extrovert alone for two minutes and he will reach for his cell phone.
  • If you are an extrovert by nature, then you've already experienced success in face-to-face communication.
British Dictionary definitions for extrovert


a person concerned more with external reality than inner feelings
of or characterized by extroversion: extrovert tendencies
Compare introvert
Derived Forms
extroverted, extraverted, adjective
Word Origin
C20: from extro- (variant of extra-, contrasting with intro-) + -vert, from Latin vertere to turn
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Word Origin and History for extrovert

1916, extravert (spelled with -o- after 1918, by influence of introvert), from German Extravert, from extra "outside" (see extra-) + Latin vertere "to turn" (see versus).

With introvert, words that had been used in English by doctors and scientists in various literal senses since 1600s, but popularized in a psychological sense by Carl Jung. Related: Extroverted.

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extrovert in Medicine

extrovert ex·tro·vert or ex·tra·vert (ěk'strə-vûrt')
An individual interested in others or in the environment as opposed to or to the exclusion of self.

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extrovert in Culture
extrovert [(ek-struh-vurt)]

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.)

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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