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 TikTok offers creators countless ways to customize their actions for the amusement and delight of scrollers. Jason Parham, Wired, "TikTok and the Evolution of Digital Blackface," 4 Aug. 2020 The game has been having a moment during the pandemic, and the option to customize characters and landscapes offers a way for brands to get creative in promoting their wares. Jihan Forbes, Allure, "I Visited Tatchaland, Tatcha’s New Animal Crossing island — and I Never Want to Leave," 31 July 2020 Soap Order kits or customize your own with essential oils. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, "25 Ways to Recreate Summer Camp at Home," 16 June 2020 The ability to customize and personalize your home screen is one of the biggest — and most welcome — features heading to your Apple devices, thanks to iOS 14 and iPadOS 14. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "Customization and enhanced privacy are our favorite features of iOS 14 and iPadOS 14," 9 July 2020 Today, buyers will pay close to sticker price for a Jeep SUV, instead of negotiating a deep discount with the dealer, then will often pay more for Jeep accessories to customize their purchase. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, "Ford is bringing back the Bronco and it's aimed right at Jeep," 6 July 2020 Clients can create their own avatars by providing a few minutes of sample footage of a person, and customize their surroundings and voices too. Tom Simonite, Wired, "Covid Drives Real Businesses to Tap Deepfake Technology," 7 July 2020 Stake your claim with a Bronco yard flag or customize your suitcases with the branded luggage tags. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, "Where to Buy Ford Bronco Merchandise before New SUV Comes Out," 7 July 2020 Ciragan Palace Kempinski is letting guests customize their level of personal space with contactless privacy options and areas throughout the historic property re-envisioned for discreet distancing, like picnics in the garden. Jenna Scatena, Condé Nast Traveler, "Post-Lockdown, Istanbul's Residents Are Embracing Empty Palaces and Sunset Dance Parties," 30 June 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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15 Aug 2020

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“Customize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 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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