internalize

verb
in·​ter·​nal·​ize | \ in-ˈtər-nə-ˌlīz How to pronounce internalize (audio) \
internalized; internalizing

Definition of internalize

transitive verb

: 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

Other Words from internalize

internalization \ in-​ˌtər-​nə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce internalize (audio) \ noun

Examples of internalize in a Sentence

They have internalized their parents' values.
Recent Examples on the Web But women who are abused often internalize it and do not seek attention. Daniel Arkin, NBC News, 26 May 2022 Providers must internalize the complexity of weight, learn how to utilize alternative health markers and even advocate for policies that reduce food deserts. Ashley Andreou, Scientific American, 26 May 2022 Like most avant-gardists of his generation, Warhol admired Duchamp, and found his motto easy to internalize. The New Yorker, 20 Apr. 2022 In other words, try to internalize the pain of oppression and the joy of redemption. Ron Shulman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Apr. 2022 Workers who do not feel heard or valued will not internalize your company values. Ben Moorsom, Forbes, 13 Apr. 2022 And many Ukrainians internalize this idea, which originally was religious. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 24 Mar. 2022 Young Black children can internalize racial messages from a variety of sources, including anti-Black messages from the media, interactions with peers and school practices, such as being disproportionately disciplined or suspended from school. Toni Sturdivant, The Conversation, 9 Mar. 2022 The simplest route to this is to use taxes to force companies to internalize the cost of carbon. James Mackintosh, WSJ, 26 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of internalize

1794, in the meaning defined above

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“Internalize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/internalize. Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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internalize

transitive verb
in·​ter·​nal·​ize
variants: or chiefly British internalise \ in-​ˈtərn-​ᵊl-​ˌīz How to pronounce internalize (audio) \
internalized or chiefly British internalised; internalizing or chiefly British internalising

Medical Definition of internalize

: 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

Other Words from internalize

internalization or chiefly British internalisation \ -​ˌtərn-​ᵊl-​ə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce internalize (audio) \ noun

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