verb (used with object), in·ter·nal·ized, in·ter·nal·iz·ing.

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

First recorded in 1940–45; internal + -ize
Related formsin·ter·nal·i·za·tion, nounqua·si-in·ter·nal·ized, adjectivesem·i-in·ter·nal·ized, adjectiveun·in·ter·nal·ized, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for internalise




(tr) psychol sociol to make internal, esp to incorporate within oneself (values, attitudes, etc) through learning or socializationAlso: interiorize Compare introject
Derived Formsinternalization or internalisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for internalise



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

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Medicine definitions for internalise




To make internal, personal, or subjective.
To take in and adopt as an integral part of one's attitudes or beliefs.
Related formsin•ter′nal•i•zation (-nə-lĭ-zāshən) n.
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