verb (used with object), ex·ter·nal·ized, ex·ter·nal·iz·ing.
  1. to make external; embody in an outward form.
  2. to regard as consisting of externals.
  3. to regard or treat as being caused by externals; attribute to external causes: to externalize one's difficulties.
  4. to direct (the personality) outward in social relationships.
Also especially British, ex·ter·nal·ise.

Origin of externalize

First recorded in 1850–55; external + -ize
Related formsnon·ex·ter·nal·ized, adjectivesem·i·ex·ter·nal·ized, adjective
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exteriorize (ɪkˈstɪərɪəˌraɪz), externalise or exteriorise

verb (tr)
  1. to make external; give outward shape to
  2. psychol to attribute (one's own feelings) to one's surroundings
Derived Formsexternalization, exteriorization, externalisation or exteriorisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for externalise



1852, from external + -ize. Related: Externalized; externalizing.

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