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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Samsung is headed towards a controversial change that impacts customers who like customizing their Galaxy smartphones with third-party themes. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Samsung will only allow free themes to be used for 14 days starting with Android 9 Pie update," 15 Nov. 2018 The new slush flavors will be part of the chain’s half-price happy hour and can be customized with fruit or candy add-ins. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Pucker up! Sonic's new Pickle Juice Slush debuts Monday," 10 June 2018 Levi's guests were able to get their denim cutoffs, trucker jackets and 501s tailored to fit and customized with monograms, screenprinting and airbrushing gratis. Adam Tschorn,, "Riding Coachella's coattails: Dior, Moschino, Fenty X Puma and Levi Strauss decamp to the desert to build buzz," 18 Apr. 2018 For just $4, there’s chunky guacamole or $3 for pinto beans, both plain and ready to customize with all of the above. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "Review: Carnitas Lonja puts pork on a pedestal," 25 Jan. 2018 The Rep sells the glasses, customized with the theater logo, with the wine sold. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wine in a plastic cup? This sommelier invented a better wine glass perfect for taste and travel," 17 Jan. 2018 The cannabis infusion in each course is customized to the individual’s preference. Sarah Shemkus,, "5 marijuana-infused things to do in New England," 21 June 2018 An adjustable harness customizes the pack’s torso length. Kelly Bastone, Outside Online, "The Best Women’s Backpacking Packs," 13 July 2018 The Boston firm, which helps universities recruit and support international students, is customizing its human resources system to trigger an alarm if an offer letter is drafted that would throw off the balance. Katie Johnston,, "As gender pay law kicks in, companies scrutinize wages," 30 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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