internalize

[in-tur-nl-ahyz]
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.
  3. 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
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British Dictionary definitions for internalise

internalize

internalise

verb
  1. (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

internalize

v.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

internalise in Medicine

internalize

[ĭn-tûrnə-līz′]
v.
  1. To make internal, personal, or subjective.
  2. 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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