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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Across the parking lot, three people in black T-shirts stood two step ladders in front of an Airstream Trailer, its top painted a matte grey and much of the rest customized with a photorealistic wall of lush green leaves. Jon Kelvey,, "Carroll County’s first cannabis dispensary holds open house ahead of Monday opening," 10 July 2019 Both sandwiches can be customized with bacon and ranch, while the chicken can come doused in Crystal hot sauce. Michael Russell,, "Jojo is a food nerd’s dream of fried chicken and potatoes," 20 June 2019 The interior can be easily customized for the day’s cook thanks to movable shelves and meat hanging hooks over a charcoal basket that can hold up to 8 pounds of fuel, enough for an all-day smoke-a-thon. Paul Stephen,, "8 cooking gadgets to get dad for Father’s Day," 5 June 2019 The company is already offering deals, including a Schwinn special edition electric bike and pairs of Levi jeans customized by New York Giants football player Sterling Shepard and his wife, model Chanel Iman Shepard. Kristin Lam, USA TODAY, "This year's Prime Day will be more than a sale: Taylor Swift to star in 'can’t-miss' concert special," 25 June 2019 Seated next to Gigi Hadid at the Place Dauphine, Wu wore a look direct from the runway customized to suit his daring personal tastes. Vogue, "Kris Wu Makes the Case for Granny Chic at Louis Vuitton," 20 June 2019 Manager Max Toth says diners will often customize their lobster pies with a la carte toppings, like bacon, ricotta and even additional seafood like clams and shrimp. Leeanne Griffin,, "(Not) on a roll: 7 unexpected lobster dishes you can find in Connecticut," 14 June 2019 The recliner can also come customized with an NHL or MLB or dad's alma mater. NBC News, "18 Father's Day gifts for every type of dad (and every budget)," 12 June 2019 In short, Oregon is attempting to demonstrate that a smaller state can join California’s trading system and adopt California’s climate policy model, while still customizing that model to its own unique needs. David Roberts, Vox, "Oregon is poised to set a cap on greenhouse gas emissions. That’s a huge deal.," 5 June 2019

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First Known Use of customize

1920, in the meaning defined above

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15 Jul 2019

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The first known use of customize was in 1920

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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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