Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To turn outward; externalize: They exteriorized their feelings of sympathy by erecting monuments to the deceased.
  • transitive v. Medicine To expose (an internal organ or body part), as in surgery.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To externalize.
  • v. To expose (an internal organ) for observation or surgery.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as externalize.
  • To transport to some place outside of and away from the source: said of the transfer of radioactivity from the radioactive substance itself to the walls of the containing vessel.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. bring outside the body for surgery, of organs
  • v. make external or objective, or give reality to

Etymologies

exterior +‎ -ize (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Could any circumstance occur to counteract it -- to "exteriorize" him, as it were?

    Facing the Flag

  • To some extent one might say that West Virginia is a "novel" that takes "psychological realism" to its most insular extreme: We are trapped inside the memories and/or perceptions of the narrator, who is unable to exteriorize these perceptions into what most readers of fiction would consider appropriate discourse.

    Experimental Fiction

  • The normal human desire to rid one's self of a tormenting secret, to "exteriorize one's rottenness," finds satisfaction on an exalted plane in confession to God, or to his appointed ministers.

    Human Traits and their Social Significance

  • Now, if that spirit of homage within us is sincere, it will naturally seek to exteriorize itself; if it is to be preserved, it must "out."

    Explanation of Catholic Morals A Concise, Reasoned, and Popular Exposition of Catholic Morals

  • He knew God; he was influenced by this knowledge unto devotion; and sought to exteriorize this devotion for the double purpose of proving its truth and sincerity, and of still further nourishing, strengthening, safeguarding it by means of an external worship and sensible things.

    Explanation of Catholic Morals A Concise, Reasoned, and Popular Exposition of Catholic Morals

  • I am not speaking now of the creators: to my mind there is a great difference between those who create art and those who enjoy it; the creators produce because of that urge within them that forces them to exteriorize their personality.

    The Summing Up

  • He tried to get away from the feeling, to isolate and exteriorize it sufficiently to see what motives it was made of; but it remained a mere blind motion of his blood, the instinctive recoil from the thing that no amount of arguing can make "straight."

    The Reef; a novel

  • He claims to have been able not merely to cause a hypnotized subject to exteriorize her astral self, but to mould this vapory substance as a sculptor models wax.

    The Shadow World

  • He tried to get away from the feeling, to isolate and exteriorize it sufficiently to see what motives it was made of; but it remained a mere blind motion of his blood, the instinctive recoil from the thing that no amount of arguing can make

    The Reef

  • Augmented reality promises to exteriorize the cloud, drawing it out across the world canvas and making visible our social fabric.

    Boing Boing

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