Definition of externalize in English:

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Pronunciation: /ikˈstərnəˌlīz/


[with object] (usually be externalized)
1Give external existence or form to: elements of the internal construction were externalized onto the facade
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  • This is a man who's tried to manage internal chaos by externalizing it.
  • If there are eventually technologies that externalize internal states, who has a right to access that information?
  • And the director's objective of externalising the internal proves to be absolutely pivotal.
1.1Express (a thought or feeling) in words or actions: an urgent need to externalize the experience
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  • Indonesians are trained to cope with stressful interpersonal situations in an entirely different way to Westerners, who, for the most part, are encouraged to externalize their thoughts, opinions, or frustrations.
  • Women think of suicide more than men as women suffer more from depression but women are more likely to externalise their emotions than men.
  • Gould and Shatzy share a talent for telling stories, another coping mechanism for externalizing their fears.
1.2 Psychology Project (a mental image or process) onto a figure outside oneself: such neuroses are externalized as interpersonal conflicts
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  • Hierarchical multiple regression analyses were conducted for the measures of internalizing problems, prosocial competence, and externalizing problems.
  • This integrated model explains how some couples use the defenses of splitting and projective identification to externalize and transpose internal conflicts into interpersonal conflicts in five common marital dances.
  • In the language of psychology, they externalize blame.



Pronunciation: /ikˌstərnəlīˈzāSH(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • In particular we want to look at the ways in which technology serves as an enhancement or extension of existing human capacities - as an externalization of sensory and motor organs.
  • Most likely, it represents the externalisation of personal guilt.
  • It's a piece summarising psychological experiments that demonstrate externalisation as a coping strategy.

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Syllabification: ex·ter·nal·ize

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