Externalize meaning

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To attribute to outside causes.
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To project or attribute (inner conflicts or feelings) to external circumstances or causes.
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To make external; embody.
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To project or attribute inner conflicts or feelings to external circumstances or causes.
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To make something external or objective.
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To represent something abstract or intangible as material; to embody.
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(psychology) To attribute emotions etc to external circumstances; to project.
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(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.

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