- to make external; embody
transitive verbex·ter·nal·ized, ex·ter·nal·iz·ing, ex·ter·nal·iz·es
- a. To make external.b. To manifest externally: “Marriage is a nice way to externalize the private commitments made between you” (Patti Davis).
- To attribute to outside causes.
- To project or attribute (inner conflicts or feelings) to external circumstances or causes.
(third-person singular simple present externalizes, present participle externalizing, simple past and past participle externalized)
- To make something external or objective
- To represent something abstract or intangible as material; to embody
- (psychology) To attribute emotions etc to external circumstances; to project
- (economics) To direct to others, as costs or benefits.
- Offering high-quality software as open-source externalizes benefits to a large community, but also externalizes much of the cost of testing and further development.
- Operating a low-cost, high-pollution manufacturing process externalizes costs in the form of adverse human health consequences and ecosystem effects.