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[in-tur-nl-ahyz] /ɪnˈtɜr nlˌaɪz/
verb (used with object), internalized, internalizing.
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, internalise.
Origin of internalize
First recorded in 1940-45; internal + -ize
Related forms
internalization, noun
quasi-internalized, adjective
semi-internalized, adjective
uninternalized, adjective Unabridged
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  • It was difficult to internalize in an environment both objective and external.

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British Dictionary definitions for internalize


(transitive) (psychol, sociol) to make internal, esp to incorporate within oneself (values, attitudes, etc) through learning or socialization Also interiorize Compare introject
Derived Forms
internalization, internalisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for internalize

1856, American English, from internal + -ize. Related: Internalized; internalizing.

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internalize in Medicine

internalize in·ter·nal·ize (ĭn-tûr'nə-līz')
v. in·ter·nal·ized, in·ter·nal·iz·ing, in·ter·nal·iz·es

  1. To make internal, personal, or subjective.

  2. To take in and adopt as an integral part of one's attitudes or beliefs.

in·ter'nal·i·za'tion (-nə-lĭ-zā'shən) n.
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