externalize

verb ex·ter·nal·ize \ ek-ˈstər-nə-ˌlīz \
|Updated on: 1 Jul 2018

Definition of externalize

externalized; externalizing
1 : to make external or externally manifest
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

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First Known Use of externalize

1852

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Medical Dictionary

externalize

transitive verb ex·ter·nal·ize
variants: or British externalise play \ek-ˈstərn-ᵊl-ˌīz\

medical Definition of externalize

externalized or British externalised; externalizing or British externalising
1 a : 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 : to direct outward socially
  • externalized her anger

externalization

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


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