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 .
- in·ter·nal·i·za·tion [in-tur-nl-ahy-zey-shuhn] /ɪnˌtɜr nl aɪˈzeɪ ʃən/ especially British, in·ter·nal·i·sa·tion, noun
- qua·si-in·ter·nal·ized; especially British, qua·si-in·ter·nal·ised, adjective
- sem·i-in·ter·nal·ized; especially British, sem·i-in·ter·nal·ised, adjective
- un·in·ter·nal·ized; especially British, un·in·ter·nal·ised, adjective
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How to use internalize in a sentence
Closed-book exams could be used to test whether students have internalized this basic knowledge.An argument for giving kids open-book tests during the pandemic (and after) | Valerie Strauss | November 30, 2020 | Washington Post
Every investor interviewed for this piece stressed that the technologies have matured, the market is now ripe for these companies, and the hard-won lessons from the last bust have been internalized.How VCs can avoid another bloodbath as the clean-tech boom 2.0 begins | James Temple | November 30, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
But, she said, “I’ve always had this notion my nails always had to be done, or I wasn’t professional,” adding, “Maybe it’s a weird internalized sexism thing.”
Rory Gilmore is the girl who internalized at a very young age the ideas that she wasn’t enough for her father to stick around for and that she was the reason her mother’s life went off the rails.
Brands have internalized the need to prepared to turn on a dime, and have learned that’s an asset even in more predictable times.Deep Dive: How the Summer of 2020 forced brand marketing to change for the better | jim cooper | September 14, 2020 | Digiday
Sadly, some impressionable young listeners will internalize this “advice.”
Being bullied makes people internalize their feelings and beliefs.‘Gods of Suburbia’: Dina Goldstein’s Arresting Photo Series on Religion vs. Consumerism | Dina Goldstein | November 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It would just be nice if he could internalize that not all government benefits are handouts or are equal.
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 | Lizzie Crocker | September 30, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
To feel shame for the actions of other Jews is to internalize this kind of anti-Semitism.
It was difficult to internalize in an environment both objective and external.Edgar Saltus: The Man | Marie Saltus
British Dictionary definitions for internalize
(tr) psychol sociol to make internal, esp to incorporate within oneself (values, attitudes, etc) through learning or socialization: Also: interiorize Compare introject
- internalization or internalisation, noun
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