- 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
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Examples from the Web for internalize
Sadly, some impressionable young listeners will internalize this “advice.”Is This Country Star the New Wendy Davis?
November 8, 2014
It would just be nice if he could internalize that not all government benefits are handouts or are equal.Obama Misfires in the War on Poverty
January 13, 2014
Some couples who have been early to marry and early to divorce may “internalize an unwarranted sense of guilt or shame.”The Gay Divorce Trap: When Same-Sex Marriage Goes Wrong
September 30, 2013
To feel shame for the actions of other Jews is to internalize this kind of anti-Semitism.No Need for Shame
July 10, 2012
This too offers lessons—though hopefully not many you need to internalize.The Decade's 10 Best and Worst Career Moves
December 21, 2009
It was difficult to internalize in an environment both objective and external.Edgar Saltus: The Man
- (tr) psychol sociol to make internal, esp to incorporate within oneself (values, attitudes, etc) through learning or socializationAlso: interiorize Compare introject
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Word Origin and History for internalize
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- 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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