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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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