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 There's a lot more opportunity to customize and tailor the hardware to your needs than there used to be, and these two latest releases seem to address a lot of prior user demands. Scott Gilbertson, Ars Technica, "Dell’s 2019 XPS 13 DE: As close as we currently get to Linux-computing nirvana," 5 Feb. 2020 And because campaigns are a high-profile target, efforts to crack into email accounts can be highly customized and targeted — an attack known as spear phishing. David Ingram, NBC News, "From Burisma to Democratic candidates, phishing emails remain security threat," 15 Jan. 2020 Menu boards will use voice bots and face recognition software to customize and speed ordering. Kim Severson, New York Times, "What Will We Eat in 2020? Something Toasted, Something Blue," 30 Dec. 2019 According to Amazon, the tree has 13 lighting functions that can completely customize your tree and match your holiday decor. Hannah Chubb,, "This Alexa-Enabled Christmas Tree Is So 2019 — and It Keeps Selling out on Amazon," 14 Nov. 2019 Take advantage of this expansive closet space or customize and turn it into a home office, nursery, workout room or quiet retreat. Monica Lander, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Turnkey home features designer details, updated kitchen, wood-burning fireplace, wet bar and great entertainer’s yard," 18 Sep. 2019 Fans can customize and build their own Can-Am Ryker starting at $8,499. Michael Saponara, Billboard, "Migos Partners With Can-Am to Launch New Three-Wheel Motorcycle," 14 Mar. 2019 Plus, side orders let people customize their orders — something that helps set Chipotle apart from other chains. Danielle Wiener-bronner, CNN, "Chipotle is upgrading its queso -- again," 26 Feb. 2020 Digital care programs have a range of capabilities that can be customized to a patient’s particular clinical need according to a practitioner’s judgment, guidelines, or scope of practice developed by the digital care organization’s medical team. Sean Duffy, STAT, "Digital therapeutics vs. digital care: defining the landscape," 20 Feb. 2020

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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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24 Mar 2020

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“Customize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Mar. 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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