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MEANING: noun: One having the characteristics of both an extrovert and an introvert.

NOTES: An ambivert is one who can be an extrovert or an introvert depending on the situation. For example, with family or close friends one can be open and outgoing while being reserved in the presence of strangers. Also, an ambivert can refer to someone who falls somewhere between the two extremes and shows some tendencies of each.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin ambi- (both) + -vert (as in introvert/extrovert), from vertere (to turn). Ultimately from the Indo-European root wer- (to turn or bend), which also gave us wring, weird, writhe, worth, revert, universe, animadvert, divers, quaquaversal, obverse, obvert, and verso. Earliest documented use: 1923.

AMEBIVERT - when a one-celled organism turns itself inside out

AMBILERT - broadcast widely over the Internet alerting the public to a missing child

AMBIVORT - a whirlpool that can't make up its mind whether it's spinning clockwise or counter-clockwise