cus·​tom·​ize | \ ˈkə-stə-ˌmīz How to pronounce customize (audio) \
customized; customizing

Definition of customize

transitive verb

: to build, fit, or alter according to individual specifications

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Other Words from customize

customizable \ ˌkə-​stə-​ˈmī-​zə-​bəl How to pronounce customizable (audio) \ adjective
customization \ ˌkə-​stə-​mə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce customization (audio) \ noun
customizer noun

Examples of customize in a Sentence

The telephone company has offered to customize a plan for our business. The program can be customized to serve different purposes.
Recent Examples on the Web Some Republicans said block grants would lead to better health-care outcomes by letting states customize Medicaid to their specific populations’ needs. Stephanie Armour, WSJ, "Trump Administration to Give States Wide Latitude in Medicaid Block-Grant Plan," 30 Jan. 2020 Uconnect 5 supports up to five driver profiles, which can be customized to the driver's preferences for music, apps, seat positioning, and climate, in addition to a valet profile. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, "FCA Reveals Uconnect 5 with Amazon Alexa, Over-the-Air Updates," 27 Jan. 2020 There’s a full number pad, and those who want to get granular can customize the actuation point of the keys from 1.5mm to 3mm. Jeff Dunn And Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Guidemaster: Nine gift ideas for the tech enthusiast in your life," 13 Dec. 2019 Meenal Sutaria: The green charcoal can be designed and customized to the needs of any site and region, all from a climate, resource, and economic standpoint. Charles Curkin, ELLE Decor, "Will Your Home Soon Be Made of Green Charcoal Bricks?," 22 Sep. 2019 The storefronts along Circle East will be customized to the tenants, Over said, adding that each business will have a say in how their space and the overall facade look. Cody Boteler,, "Circle East in Towson eyes early 2020 opening," 22 July 2019 Buyers can purchase a boat on display, pick one from inventory or customize a new boat altogether. Bisma Parvez, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Boat Show showcases over 500 boats, new tech at TCF Center," 20 Jan. 2020 In 2014, a Ferrari previously owned and customized by McQueen sold for triple its ordinary value. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, "$3.7 million: Ford Mustang driven in the movie Bullitt sells for record price," 10 Jan. 2020 In conjunction with their new oat milk release, Dunkin' Donuts is also letting people customize their favorite drinks with both oat and almond milk as replacements. Mekita Rivas,, "Dunkin’ Donuts Fans Rejoice: Oat Milk Is Coming To A Store Near You," 9 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of customize

1920, in the meaning defined above

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11 Feb 2020

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“Customize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of customize

: to change (something) in order to fit the needs or requirements of a person, business, etc.

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