externalize

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externalize (third-person singular simple present externalizes, present participle externalizing, simple past and past participle externalized)

  1. To make something external or objective
  2. To represent something abstract or intangible as material; to embody
  3. (psychology) To attribute emotions etc to external circumstances; to project
  4. (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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