[ in-tur-nl-ahyz ]
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verb (used with object),in·ter·nal·ized, in·ter·nal·iz·ing.
  1. to incorporate (the cultural values, mores, motives, etc., of another or of a group), as through learning, socialization, or identification.

  2. to make subjective or give a subjective character to.

  1. Linguistics. to acquire (a linguistic rule, structure, etc.) as part of one's language competence.

Origin of internalize

First recorded in 1940–45; internal + -ize
  • Also especially British, in·ter·nal·ise .

Other words from internalize

  • in·ter·nal·i·za·tion [in-tur-nl-ahy-zey-shuhn] /ɪnˌtɜr nl aɪˈzeɪ ʃən/ especially British, in·ter·nal·i·sa·tion, noun
  • qua·si-in·ter·nal·ized; especially British, qua·si-in·ter·nal·ised, adjective
  • sem·i-in·ter·nal·ized; especially British, sem·i-in·ter·nal·ised, adjective
  • un·in·ter·nal·ized; especially British, un·in·ter·nal·ised, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

British Dictionary definitions for internalize



/ (ɪnˈtɜːnəˌlaɪz) /

  1. (tr) psychol sociol to make internal, esp to incorporate within oneself (values, attitudes, etc) through learning or socialization: Also: interiorize Compare introject

Derived forms of internalize

  • internalization or internalisation, noun

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