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 The current owners customized the 2,382-square-foot floor plan and design elements to make the home more open. Mary Grace Metheny, Dallas News, "Take a look inside this glamorous contemporary Dallas condo on the Azure’s 22nd floor," 22 May 2020 Just about all the bookshop owner has to do is customize their store page on the Bookshop website and deposit the check. Richard A. Marini,, "San Antonio area’s independent bookstores get a lifeline from new online retailer Bookshop," 24 Apr. 2020 After earning Elite Parts by participating in the game's multiplayer mode, players can customize their cars and use exclusive paints, add new options for interior options, change wheels and make use of new license place mods. Michael Koczwara, The Hollywood Reporter, "Mobile Games Hotspot: 'Dota Underlords' Debuts; 'Pokemon Go' Celebrates Main Series' Anniversary," 27 Feb. 2020 Over 50 motorcycles that have been customized, restored and built into works of two-wheeled art. Luann Gibbs,, "Things to do in Cincinnati this week: Feb. 3-9," 3 Feb. 2020 Accenture and other contractors customized the system to meet Ohio’s specific needs. cleveland, "State reveals $1.2 billion Ohio Benefits system riddled with defects a year out from Medicaid work requirements," 15 Jan. 2020 That mode will allow players in THPS1+2 to go to great lengths to make the wacky skating courses of their dreams, share them online, and even customize downloaded levels further. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 will be remastered for a second time in Sept 2020," 12 May 2020 For starters, Sonos built bespoke components from the ground up, customizing everything from the silk dome tweeters to the oval bass speakers at the ends of the unit. Matt Bean, Sunset Magazine, "Sonos Announces New Arc Sound Bar for Your Shelter-at-Home Theater Needs," 6 May 2020 The frames are being customized for students, families and other supporters. Teri Webster, Dallas News, "Plano ISD cancels June graduation ceremonies, exploring alternatives for Class of 2020 celebrations," 28 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of customize

1920, in the meaning defined above

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2 Jun 2020

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“Customize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jun. 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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