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externalize

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verb ex·ter·nal·ize \ek-ˈstər-nə-ˌlīz\

Definition of externalize

externalizedexternalizing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make external or externally manifest

  3. 2 :  to attribute to causes outside the self :  rationalize <externalized his lack of ability to succeed>



Examples of externalize in a sentence

  1. <an actress with an expressive face that wonderfully externalizes a wide range of emotions>



1852

First Known Use of externalize

1852

Rhymes with externalize

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Medical Dictionary

externalize

transitive verb ex·ter·nal·ize

Medical Definition of externalize

externalized or British externalised; externalizing or British externalising

  1. 1a:  to transform from a mental image into an apparently real object (as in hallucinations) :  attribute (a mental image) to external causation <externalizing an obsession>b:  to invent an explanation for (an inner problem whose actual basis is known only subconsciously) by attributing to causes outside the self :  rationalize, project <externalized his failure>

  2. 2:  to direct outward socially <externalized her anger>

externalization or British externalisation \-ˌstərn-əl-ə-ˈzā-shən\play noun


Variants of externalize

or British externalise \ek-ˈstərn-əl-ˌīz\play


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