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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.
Also especially British, ex·ter·nal·ise.Related formsnon·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
Derived Formsexternalization, exteriorization, externalisation or exteriorisation, noun
- to make external; give outward shape to
- psychol to attribute (one's own feelings) to one's surroundings
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Word Origin and History for externalise
1852, from external + -ize. Related: Externalized; externalizing.
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