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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.
Origin of extrovert
1665-75; extro- + Latin vertere to turn
Can be confused
extrovert, introvert. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for extroverted
  • But many others could be somebody's extroverted next-door neighbor.
  • In spite of these extroverted tastes he was hypersensitive to criticism and could not endure failure or rejection.
  • He asked other people to rank those composite faces as extroverted or introverted.
  • Under any name, this is a high-powered, unabashedly extroverted company.
  • And the kitchen turns out extroverted food, updated diner and fanciful bistro dishes with an imaginative twist here and there.
  • Players who participate in team sports become more extroverted d.
  • Of course some people act in an extroverted way, perhaps in imitation of the more popular extroverts.
  • Healthier people might feel more extroverted, or have more energy, and might attract more friends.
  • Goldsmith is so extraordinarily buoyant and extroverted that he seems to enter a room in a tinkle of magic dust.
  • It will feature an extroverted design approach that leads to a significant reduction in spaces requiring air-conditioning.
British Dictionary definitions for extroverted


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 extroverted



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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extroverted 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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extroverted 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.)

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