internalize

verb
in·​ter·​nal·​ize | \ in-ˈtər-nə-ˌlīz \
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

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Other Words from internalize

internalization \ in-​ˌtər-​nə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən \ noun

Examples of internalize in a Sentence

They have internalized their parents' values.

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Stigler and those influenced by his work had very sophisticated ideas about how to audit and slowly take over the agencies by getting them to internalize [their] positions and critiques. Alexander Zaitchik, The New Republic, "How Big Pharma Was Captured by the One Percent," 28 June 2018 As if the act of getting divorced isn't stressful enough, there's the issue of trying to internalize what feels like an entirely new language of legalese that's unavoidable during the process. Jennifer Lance, Glamour, "Your Divorce Glossary: A-to-Z Terms You Need to Know," 26 Nov. 2018 Children and youth are socialized through everyday activities — conversations, stories, lessons, activities — and gradually begin to internalize their parent’s (or elder brother or uncle’s) values and priorities. Julie Chernov Hwang, Washington Post, "New research shows why terrorists quit terrorism," 12 July 2018 Just talking badly about the other parent and the kids start to internalize what the other parent is telling them. Kara Warner, PEOPLE.com, "What the New Ruling Means in the Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Custody Case," 12 June 2018 In turn, the deep neural networks offer a way to internalize the experiences and patterns encountered in self-play. Joshua Sokol, The Atlantic, "AI Keeps Mastering Games, But Can It Win in the Real World?," 27 Feb. 2018 Most will have to internalize the tariff costs, which will mean raising prices or hiring fewer workers and paying lower wages. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Trump’s Steel Destruction," 31 May 2018 There is a spellbinding Berber dance originally from the Sahara called the guedra, performed by a kneeling woman who internalizes the insistent rhythm of the percussionist throughout her body. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "T&C Travel: Best of Morocco," 30 Mar. 2015 Turns out, internalizing an action — making it part of your identity as an environmentalist —is the key to promoting positive spillover. Radhika Viswanathan, Vox, "Why Starbucks, Disney, and the EU are all shunning plastic straws," 24 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of internalize

1794, in the meaning defined above

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internalize

verb

English Language Learners Definition of internalize

: to make (something, such as an idea or an attitude) an important part of the kind of person you are

internalize

transitive verb
in·​ter·​nal·​ize
variants: or chiefly British internalise \ in-​ˈtərn-​ᵊl-​ˌīz \
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 \ noun

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