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Definition of "internalize" []

  • To make internal, personal, or subjective: "Protean man internalizes the longing for immortality through an ongoing process of death and rebirth within himself” ( Henry S. Resnik). (verb-transitive)
  • To take in and make an integral part of one's attitudes or beliefs: had internalized the cultural values of the Poles after a year of living in Warsaw. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "internalize" in a sentence
  • "The first advocated a tax on imported oil as a way to "internalize" its security costs."
  • "Thus, society must impose taxes, regulations, and penalties so that firms "internalize" these externalities -- a belief influencing many government policy decisions."
  • "(We need to "internalize" all countrywide externalities, natural and man-made, both short-term and long-term, as well as the global externalities that are related to the protection of global environment.)"