[ in-tur-nl-ahyz ]
/ ɪnˈtɜr nlˌaɪz /
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.
Fewer vs. LessMisuse of the terms fewer and less will set off alarms in the heads of many language enthusiasts. According to usage rules, fewer is only to be used when discussing countable things, while less is used for singular mass nouns. For example, you can have fewer ingredients, dollars, people, or puppies, but less salt, money, honesty, or love. If you can count it, go for …
Also especially British, in·ter·nal·ise.
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 internalization
/ (ɪnˈtɜːnəˌlaɪz) /
(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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Medicine definitions for internalization
[ ĭn-tûr′nə-līz′ ]
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•za′tion (-nə-lĭ-zā′shən) n.
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