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.
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Word History

First Known Use

1920, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of customize was in 1920

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Cite this Entry

“Customize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 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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