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English definition of “internalize”


verb [T] 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.Accepting and agreeingAccepting and agreeing reluctantlyApproving and approval 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.Not showing or feeling emotionsControlling emotionsControlling emotionsCalm and relaxedNot showing or feeling emotions internalization (UK usually internalisation)     /ɪnˌtɜː.nəl.aɪˈzeɪ.ʃən/ US  /ɪnˌtɝː.nəl.əˈ-/ noun [U]
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