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

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Other Words from internalize

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

Examples of internalize in a Sentence

They have internalized their parents' values.

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Ariana internalized her magic after her childhood trauma and became an Obscurus Obscureal. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "This Link Between “Harry Potter” and “Fantastic Beasts” Will Seriously Blow Your Mind," 23 Aug. 2018 In addition to enforcing incredibly strict gender roles, Gilead has introduced an entirely new vocabulary for its citizens to internalize. refinery29.com, "The Handmaid's Tale Glossary You Need To Survive Gilead," 2 May 2018 In Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel, June has accepted this and internalized it, which is what ironically makes her story all the more crucial. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "A Maddening Season Finale for The Handmaid’s Tale," 11 July 2018 When his career was first taking flight, Marc Cary spent roughly a dozen years as the pianist in Abbey Lincoln’s band, internalizing the musical philosophy, poetics and loose rhythmic phrasing of that venerated vocalist and composer. New York Times, "13 Pop, Rock and Jazz Concerts to Check Out in NYC This Weekend," 8 Mar. 2018 As usual, Rebecca’s natural passive aggression towards Kate’s weight is noted by the nine-year-old, who at this point in her life chooses to internalize it rather than lash out. Candice Frederick, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Is Us Season 2 Episode 11: The Pearsons Are Pushed to the Brink," 10 Jan. 2018 Give them a chance to think about the documents and internalize their meaning. Carolyn Hax, The Seattle Times, "Ready to be estranged from sister," 28 Jan. 2019 Modeling healthy self-care can be helpful for our children to witness and internalize. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "Putting Your Family First Doesn’t Make You a Better Mom," 14 Jan. 2019 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

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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 How to pronounce internalise (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 internalisation (audio) \ noun

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