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 customize (audio) \ adjective
customization \ ˌkə-​stə-​mə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce customize (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 Harvie Harvie started out enabling producers to customize their CSA offerings to better match their subscribers’ preferences. Elizabeth G. Dunn, WSJ, "How to Get the Best Local Produce Delivered to Your Door: A Tech-Savvy Shopper’s Guide," 7 May 2021 Project founder Michelle Wax hosts the free virtual event, which covers the neuroscience of a positive mindset, exercises to help customize a happiness summer plan and simple strategies for more joy and energy. Helen Bond, Dallas News, "Happiness hacks: Here are three ways to a happier you," 27 Apr. 2021 Nearly 7 in 10 global users who identify as LGBTQ were also likely to customize their emoji. NBC News, "Majority of emoji users want more inclusive representation, survey finds," 15 Apr. 2021 And with the wide variety of looks and sizes to choose from, decorative planters are easy to customize to every space and style. Julia Brenner, Forbes, "Design Experts Predict These 5 Outdoor Living Trends Will Be Hot For Summer 2021," 12 Apr. 2021 Engineers at Vulcan agreed to customize a version of EarthRanger for locusts, integrating data from the eLocust programs and the computer loggers on aerial pesticide sprayers. New York Times, "As Locusts Swarmed East Africa, This Tech Helped Squash Them," 8 Apr. 2021 The spa offers a variety of wellness treatments that blend ancient traditions with natural ingredients that, Dafrica, the spa's director, uses to customize products specifically for you. Metanoya Z. Webb, Travel + Leisure, "I Traveled to Dominica During COVID-19 — Here’s What It Was Like," 7 Apr. 2021 Use the video recipes shown above to customize with your own flavors and toppings. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, "Baked Oats Are Our New Favorite Breakfast Food—They're Like a Warm, Fluffy, Single-Batch Muffin," 24 Mar. 2021 And to take this raw milk, or this milk that’s normally produced in mass quantities, and to customize that milk to serve the people who needed the food would have been a really expensive endeavor. Eben Shapiro, Time, "Feeding America CEO Claire Babineaux-Fontenot Has a Plan to End Hunger in America," 14 Mar. 2021

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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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12 May 2021

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“Customize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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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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