cus·tom·ize | \ ˈkə-stə-ˌmīz \
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 \ adjective
customization \ˌkə-stə-mə-ˈzā-shən \ 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.

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Today, the accessories, which can be customized, are available in the Via Margutta store and online. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Will Saddlers Union Be the Next Heritage House to Make It Big?," 6 July 2018 The agency also contracted with a private firm called Engility to directly manage the outreach, acquisition, and development environment for customizing prospective apps to NGA's requirements. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "The DoD’s App Store Does This One Crucial Thing to Stay Secure," 3 July 2018 But people customize things all the time that don't necessarily need it. Taylor Seely, USA TODAY, "Nate Berkus and hubby Jeremiah Brent talk second baby, new partnership with Huggies," 22 June 2018 All burgers will be cooked medium when the restaurant opens; eventually, patrons will be able to customize their burgers’ doneness and seasoning. Larissa Zimberoff, WSJ, "A Burger Joint Where Robots Make Your Food," 21 June 2018 Sixty or so years later, some companies have tried to customize and modernize the steel drum, but most musicians, said Sanborne, prefer the authentic, metallic sounds of an oil barrel. Yvette Orozco, Houston Chronicle, "Parkview Intermediate music director had a few steel drums and an idea," 6 June 2018 But alongside that list of teen wishes, the architects and librarians have been able to customize the individual branches. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "Young adult architecture," 24 May 2018 Now entering his second year as head coach, Peery is pleased to be able to customize his roster. Hayes Gardner For The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "Portland State's Barret Peery looking to replace a departed assistant coach," 4 May 2018 This is a big step toward regenerative medicine, which can grow spare parts customized for your body. William Saletan, WSJ, "‘She Has Her Mother’s Laugh’ Review: Biology’s Strange New World," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of customize

1920, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of customize was in 1920

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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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