cus·​tom·​ize ˈkə-stə-ˌmīz How to pronounce customize (audio)
customized; customizing

transitive verb

: to build, fit, or alter according to individual specifications
customizable adjective
customization 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 Make sure to check the user manual to customize it to your liking. Sarah Bradley, Verywell Health, 16 Nov. 2023 Thanks to its on-trend quarter zip to customize your ventilation and cropped fit to show off the rest of your outfit, this Vuori number is equal parts functional and fashionable. Marissa Miller, Travel + Leisure, 21 Nov. 2023 Keep in Mind The walnut wood sides and frame are gorgeous and eye-catching, but there isn’t the option to customize the wood color if that’s important to you. Kathleen Felton, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 Nov. 2023 Pasta recipes are featured separately from sauces in a bid to get readers to mix and match — after all, that’s Feinstein’s point: Take risks, customize, luxuriate and, above all, have fun. Stephanie Breijo, Los Angeles Times, 18 Nov. 2023 Your mental dictionary While a physical dictionary is helpful for shared knowledge, your personal mental dictionary is customized based on your individual experiences. The Conversation, Scientific American, 15 Nov. 2023 Co-developed with NISMO, Nissan’s in-house racing and customizing arm, the Hyper-Force’s carbon-fiber body is sculptured like a fighter jet with the sole purpose of going as fast as possible. Peter Lyon, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 For a hint of tang, try customizing this side dish recipe with buttermilk instead of regular milk. Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, 9 Nov. 2023 Nvidia and Google have been working on customizing chips for AI. Steven Rosenbush, WSJ, 8 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1920, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of customize was in 1920

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Cite this Entry

“Customize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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cus·​tom·​ize ˈkəs-tə-ˌmīz How to pronounce customize (audio)
customized; customizing
: to build, fit, or change to suit a specific customer
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