Definition of external adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɪkˈstɜːnl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈstɜːrnl//
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  1. 1connected with or located on the outside of something/somebody 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 somebody from outside a school, a university or an organization (British English) external examiners/assessors An external auditor will verify the accounts.
  4. 4connected with foreign countries The government is committed to reducing the country's external debt. the Minister of State for External Affairs
  5. opposite internal
    Word Originlate Middle English: from medieval Latin, from Latin exter ‘outer’.Extra examples He was appointed EU Commissioner for External Affairs. The country was promised military aid in the case of external threat. The external debt position of the country made the banks cautious.
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