- to incorporate (the cultural values, mores, motives, etc., of another or of a group), as through learning, socialization, or identification.
- to make subjective or give a subjective character to.
- Linguistics. to acquire (a linguistic rule, structure, etc.) as part of one's language competence.
Also especially British, in·ter·nal·ise.
Origin of internalize
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Examples from the Web for internalization
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- (tr) psychol sociol to make internal, esp to incorporate within oneself (values, attitudes, etc) through learning or socializationAlso: interiorize Compare introject
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Word Origin and History for internalization
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- To make internal, personal, or subjective.
- To take in and adopt as an integral part of one's attitudes or beliefs.
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