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tr.v. in·ter·nal·ized, in·ter·nal·iz·ing, in·ter·nal·iz·es
1. To make internal or cause to become internal.
2. To take in and make an integral part of one's attitudes or beliefs: had internalized the cultural values of the Poles after a year of living in Warsaw.
3. To direct (one's bad feelings or conflicts) inwards, often as a manifestation of depression, anxiety, and social withdrawal.
in·ter′nal·i·za′tion (-lĭ-zā′shən) n.
(Psychology) (tr) psychol sociol to make internal, esp to incorporate within oneself (values, attitudes, etc) through learning or socialization. Also: interiorize Compare introject
inˌternaliˈzation, inˌternaliˈsation n
v.t. -ized, -iz•ing.
1. to incorporate within oneself (the cultural values, mores, etc., of others) through learning, socialization, or identification.
2. to make subjective or give a subjective character to.
3. to acquire (a linguistic rule, structure, etc.) as part of one's language competence.
Past participle: internalized
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|Verb||1.||internalize - incorporate within oneself; make subjective or personal; "internalize a belief"|