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“internalize” in English

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internalizeverb [ T ]

formal UK usually internalise uk /ɪnˈtɜː.nəl.aɪz/ us /ɪnˈtɝː.nəl.aɪz/
noun [ U ] UK usually internalisation uk /ɪnˌtɜː.nəl.aɪˈzeɪ.ʃən/ us /ɪnˌtɝː.nəl.əˈzeɪ.ʃən/

(Definition of “internalize” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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internalizeverb [ T ]


to accept an idea, attitude, 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 express them openly:

He usually internalized his anger, rather than expressing it to anyone.

(Definition of “internalize” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“internalize” in Business English

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internalizeverb [ T ]

UK also internalise uk /ɪnˈtɜːnəlaɪz/ us

ECONOMICS, PRODUCTION to include a cost during the process of manufacturing or producing something:

The cost of pollution and other effects on the environment needs to be internalized and reflected in the price of goods or services, as well as normal production costs.

(Definition of “internalize” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)