Meaning of internalize in English:


Pronunciation /ɪnˈtəːn(ə)lʌɪz/

Translate internalize into Spanish


(British internalise)
[with object]
  • 1Psychology
    Make (attitudes or behaviour) part of one's nature by learning or unconscious assimilation.

    ‘people learn gender stereotypes and internalize them’
    • ‘This is the key to internalizing the gratitude attitude.’
    • ‘Depression is seen by many as something shameful or embarrassing, and it's very easy to internalize that attitude.’
    • ‘At the moment many people have internalised corrupt behaviour as normal in their daily lives.’
    • ‘Stigma is often internalized by individuals with mental illness, leading to hopelessness, lower self-esteem, and isolation.’
    • ‘Of course many of us have internalized toxic attitudes, he writes.’
    1. 1.1Acquire knowledge of (the rules of a language).
      ‘This silent period helps them internalize the rules of the language they are exposed to.’
      • ‘Not that they don't want to help, man, they always do, and they always try, but since they were born with the language, they have internalized all the rules and pattern and exception.’
      • ‘Both deconstruction and structuralism asserted that people are culturally and socially constructed, and that they internalize culture much in the same way that they internalize a natural language.’
      • ‘Joey had internalized the language from our session, and was able to access and transform it for use in a later conversation.’
      • ‘It appears that millions had begun to internalize the language of the regime, to take at face value its claims to be building socialism.’
      • ‘The syntactic structures of written English are less likely to have been internalized by second language students in the region.’
      • ‘It says the student who memorizes poetry will internalize the rhythmic, beautiful patterns of the English language.’
      • ‘Initially, students only have to listen to internalize the sounds of the language.’
  • 2Economics
    Incorporate (costs) as part of a pricing structure, especially social costs resulting from the manufacture and use of a product.

    ‘industry must internalize the cost of disposal’
    • ‘You could say we should internalize those costs in prices, so that it affects people's behaviour.’
    • ‘Before the Coase Theorem, the prevailing view in economics was government intervention in the form of taxes on externalities, forcing the polluter to internalize costs borne by others.’
    • ‘Without private property, the incentives that economic actors face will not be such to internalize the costs and benefits of decisions and as a result economic decisions will not be as prudent as they otherwise would be.’
    • ‘After all, the concept of internalizing the external costs associated with pollution and environmental hazards has been reasonably successful in compelling better environmental policies over the past 30 years.’
    • ‘The emphasis is on internalising the external costs associated with different forms of transport.’
  • 3Biology
    (of a cell or organism) take in or absorb (something), in particular by endocytosis.


Late 18th century from internal + -ize.