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internalize

verb [T] uk formal (UK usually internalise)   /ɪnˈtɜː.nəl.aɪz/ us    /-ˈtɝː-/
to accept or absorb an idea, opinion, belief, etc. so that it becomes part of your character: He had not expected the people so readily to internalize the values of democracy. If you internalize your emotions or feelings, you do not allow them to show although you think about them: Women tend to internalize all their anxiety and distress - men hit out.
internalization
noun [U] uk (UK usually internalisation)   /ɪnˌtɜː.nəl.aɪˈzeɪ.ʃən/ us    /ɪnˌtɝː.nəl.əˈ-/
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