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Definition of external adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1connected with or located on the outside of something or someone the external walls of the building The lotion is for external use only (= only for the skin and must not be swallowed).
  2. 2happening or coming from outside a place, an organization, your particular situation, etc. A combination of internal and external factors caused the company to close down. external pressures on the economy Many external influences can affect your state of mind. The information has come from reliable sources external to the government.
  3. 3coming from or arranged by someone from outside a school, a university, or an organization An external auditor will verify the accounts.
  4. 4connected with foreign countries The government is committed to reducing the country's external debt. external affairs opposite internal
adverb The building has been restored externally and internally. The university has many externally funded research projects.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: external

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