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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To be sure, the current U.S. moral crisis is no holocaust and IBM’s deep involvement in customizing its punch card technology for the Nazis stands out like a red flag compared to a simple government cloud services contract. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Data Sheet—Tech Industry Condemns Migrant Child Separation Policy. But What Will They Actually Do About It?," 20 June 2018 Federighi gave the example of customizing a guitar on the Fender website, then tapping on it to pull out a 3D model that can be looked at with AR. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "iOS 12 introduced, to run on everything that runs iOS 11," 4 June 2018 First, pick a glossy shade like an eye-popping red, a dusty gray, or a deep purple for the main, lightweight shell, before customizing everything from the stitching to the wheel hubcaps to the zippers in different colors. Lale Arikoglu, Condé Nast Traveler, "Roam Luggage Lets You Customize Everything Down to the Stitching," 2 May 2018 While some flight attendants may have a bit of fun by customizing their announcements, that can distract passengers from the message, Cochran said. Thom Patterson, CNN, "A lot of people wore their oxygen masks wrong during the Southwest emergency landing," 19 Apr. 2018 Redneck Boot Sandals, based in Springfield, specializes in customizing the boots people send in, turning them into a mixture of the two types of footwear. Kaitlyn Schwers, kansascity, "Those 'Redneck Boot Sandals' all over Facebook were created in Missouri | The Kansas City Star," 16 Mar. 2018 Online message boards, video games and advertisements all provide how-to guides for customizing the rifle. Anchorage Daily News, "Loved and loathed: How the AR-15 became ‘America’s rifle’," 3 Mar. 2018 Online message boards, video games and advertisements all provide how-to guides for customizing the rifle. Ali Watkins, John Ismay And Thomas Gibbons-neff, New York Times, "Once Banned, Now Loved and Loathed: How the AR-15 Became ‘America’s Rifle’," 3 Mar. 2018 Customers also have the option of customizing their boots by selecting boot style, skin type, and patches. Vagney Bradley, Houston Chronicle, "Boot scootin' at the rodeo means big business to Cypress shop," 2 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of customize

1920, in the meaning defined above

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11 Feb 2019

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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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to express emotion in a dramatic way

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