verb (used with object), internalized, internalizing.
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, internalise.

1940–45; internal + -ize

internalization, noun
quasi-internalized, adjective
semi-internalized, adjective
uninternalized, adjective Unabridged
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internalize or internalise (ɪnˈtɜːnəˌlaɪz)
(tr) psychol, sociol Compare introject Also: interiorize to make internal, esp to incorporate within oneself (values, attitudes, etc) through learning or socialization
internalise or internalise
internali'zation or internalise
internali'sation or internalise

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internalize in·ter·nal·ize (ĭn-tûr'nə-līz')
v. in·ter·nal·ized, in·ter·nal·iz·ing, in·ter·nal·iz·es

  1. To make internal, personal, or subjective.

  2. To take in and adopt as an integral part of one's attitudes or beliefs.

in·ter'nal·i·za'tion (-nə-lĭ-zā'shən) n.
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