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externalize

transitive verb ex·ter·nal·ize

Medical Definition of externalize

ex·ter·nal·ized or British ex·ter·nal·isedex·ter·nal·iz·ing or British ex·ter·nal·is·ing

  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>

  3. ex·ter·nal·iza·tion or British ex·ter·nal·isa·tion \-ˌstərn-əl-ə-ˈzā-shən\play noun



Variants of externalize

or British ex·ter·nal·ise \ek-ˈstərn-əl-ˌīz\play


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