Definition of internalize
: to give a subjective character to; specifically : to incorporate (values, patterns of culture, etc.) within the self as conscious or subconscious guiding principles through learning or socialization
internalizationplay \in-ˌtər-nə-lə-ˈzā-shən\ noun
Examples of internalize in a Sentence
They have internalized their parents' values.
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For all their bluster and feints at rebellion, Dick and Muriel are good teens—not in the sense of having knuckled under to a pervasive moral code but of having internalized kindness and responsibility.
Generally speaking, the former contestants who gripe are the ones who can’t/won’t internalize their experience.
Internalized homophobia kept me from writing it at first.
Share prices that once zoomed or shuddered in response to Trump tweets have internalized a new skepticism toward presidential proclamations.
And women -- long expected to internalize myths of exaggerated male potency as their own -- finally have a symbolic universe that feels, if not entirely corrective, at least imaginatively in keeping with their own hopes, dreams and realities.
Every tweet comes with a counter of Likes and Retweets, and users come to internalize these metrics as proxies for real-world popularity.
In the batter’s box, Merrifield heard the noise, internalizing it for a moment.
There was a threat of a second Holocaust, and all of a sudden Israel emerges victorious from the war, and Jews in America really internalize that.
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Definition of internalize for English Language Learners
: to make (something, such as an idea or an attitude) an important part of the kind of person you are
Medical Definition of internalize
internalizedor chiefly British
internalizingor chiefly British
: to give a subjective character to; specifically : to incorporate (as values or patterns of culture) within the self as conscious or subconscious guiding principles through learning or socialization
internalizationor chiefly British
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