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.
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Also especially British, in·ter·nal·ise.
Origin of internalize
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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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