[ ik-stur-nl-ahyz ]
/ ɪkˈstɜr nlˌaɪz /

verb (used with object), ex·ter·nal·ized, ex·ter·nal·iz·ing.

to make external; embody in an outward form.
to regard as consisting of externals.
to regard or treat as being caused by externals; attribute to external causes: to externalize one's difficulties.
to direct (the personality) outward in social relationships.


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Also especially British, ex·ter·nal·ise.

Origin of externalize

First recorded in 1850–55; external + -ize

OTHER WORDS FROM externalize

non·ex·ter·nal·ized, adjectivesem·i·ex·ter·nal·ized, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for externalise


exteriorize (ɪkˈstɪərɪəˌraɪz), externalise or exteriorise

/ (ɪkˈstɜːnəˌlaɪz) /

verb (tr)

to make external; give outward shape to
psychol to attribute (one's own feelings) to one's surroundings

Derived forms of externalize

externalization, exteriorization, externalisation or exteriorisation, noun
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