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Meaning of “external” in the English Dictionary

"external" in British English

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externaladjective

uk   /ɪkˈstɜː.nəl/  us   /-ˈstɝː-/
B2 of, on, for, or coming from the ​outside: the externalwalls of the ​house Female ​kangarooscarrytheiryoung in ​pouches that are external totheirbodies. This ​cream is for external use only (= it must not be put inside the ​body). In ​lateryears, his ​paintingsbegan to show a ​number of external ​influences (= ​influences coming from other ​people). Most ​newsmagazines have a ​sectiondevoted to external affairs (= ​foreignnews). You shouldn't ​judgepeople by ​their external appearances (= what they ​appear to be like).
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externally
adverb uk   us   /-i/
Externally the ​house is in need of ​repair. Externally she ​appearedcalm, but inside she was ​furious.
(Definition of external from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"external" in American English

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externaladjective [not gradable]

 us   /ekˈstɜr·nəl/
existing, ​intended for, or ​happeningoutside a ​person, ​organization, ​place, ​country, etc.: This ​skincream is for external use only. She ​handles the company’s external ​relations. His ​paintings show external ​influences (= ​influences coming from other ​people).
externally
adverb [not gradable]  us   /ekˈstɜr·nəl·i/
(Definition of external from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"external" in Business English

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externaladjective

uk   us   /ɪkˈstɜːnəl/
coming from outside a ​company, ​organization, or country: an external ​applicant/​candidateexternal developments/events/forces A ​number of external ​developmentshelp to explain why the country's ​economy under-performed compared to others. External ​demand for the ​products of ​industrial countries may ​decline in the ​longerterm.
IT used to describe ​equipment that ​connects to the outside of a ​computer: Use an external hard ​drive to back up your entire ​system.
externally
adverb /ɪkˈstɜːnəli/  us /-ˈstɝː-/
externally ​fundedresearch
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(Definition of external from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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