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 customize (audio) \ adjective
customization \ ˌkə-​stə-​mə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce customize (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 In the future, Giuseppe wants to customize the vehicle with an emphasis on creating something that looks brand-new and completely different from the original model. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, 20 Aug. 2021 Owners will be able to customize the interior seating and layouts, working with either outside designers or Dassault’s team. Daniel Bachmann, Robb Report, 6 May 2021 Lamborghini's Ad Personam bespoke service surely will be able to customize much of that similarity away for a price. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 6 Mar. 2021 Additionally, 41% of employees outside of IT customize or build data or technology solutions on average. Jim Nicol, Forbes, 30 Aug. 2021 Having in-house designers gives the company the ability to create custom pieces and customize stock fixtures from other companies. Georgann Yara, The Arizona Republic, 27 Aug. 2021 Players can even customize damage and movement modifiers to affect the battle in ways that are less visible but extremely important to some members of the community. Washington Post, 22 July 2021 Now, users can customize their own personal accessibility profiles, and the site will match them up with compatible trips — including places to stay, things to do, and multiday tours — that cater to their specific needs in more than 50 destinations. Rachel Chang, Travel + Leisure, 19 July 2021 Better yet, can even customize your cup with five different brew options: 1.35-ounces, 2.7-ounces, 5 ounces, 8 ounces and 14 ounces. Shayna Murphy, USA TODAY, 17 Sep. 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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“Customize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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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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