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Definition of "exteriorize" [exteriorize]

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

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "exteriorize" in a sentence
  • "Could any circumstance occur to counteract it -- to "exteriorize" him, as it were?"
  • "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."
  • "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."