customize

verb
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.

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Major telecommunications carriers say Huawei offers the most products and often customizes them to fit their needs. Bob Davis, WSJ, "U.S. Takes Aim at Huawei," 6 Dec. 2018 One of the major advantages of installing frameless glass shower enclosures is the ability to customize to meet your needs and maximize space. Stacy Argo, Houston Chronicle, "Sleek, modern shower doors provide streamlined look," 8 July 2018 The proposal itself was a total surprise; my fiance, Tom, spent four months planning it so that every single micro-detail was customized to reflect us and our relationship. Kaye Toal, SELF, "I'm Fat and I'm Not Going to Lose Weight for My Wedding," 1 Mar. 2019 Blair took to the red carpet in a Ralph & Russo gown and a cane customized to match her outfit. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Selma Blair Wants to Create an Accessible Fashion Line for Disabled People After MS Diagnosis," 27 Feb. 2019 Additionally, the app lets users customize the tightness of the fit and change the colors of the lights on the shoe. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "A Software Update Bricked Nike's $350 Self-Tying Shoes," 22 Feb. 2019 Each of the eight episodes will begin with the couple giving their Minneapolis-area clients two options: either renovate their current home or buy another nearby that Brad and Heather can customize for them. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "HGTV’s New Show Is Like 'Love It or List It'—With a Crazy Plot Twist," 7 Feb. 2019 With sections to log your daily to-do’s, monthly calendar, notes, long-term wants and more, your BuJo is customized to your life. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "What Is a Bullet Journal? Everything You Need to Know Before You BuJo," 30 Jan. 2019 The simple, traditional patterns of Mehendi have become more intricate, elaborate, and customized. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "The Romantic Hidden Meaning Behind Priyanka Chopra's Wedding Henna," 7 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of customize

1920, in the meaning defined above

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customize

verb

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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