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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Is Everywhere This content is available customized for our international audience. Dan Barna, Glamour, "Kris Jenner Helped Deliver Kylie Jenner's Daughter, Stormi," 21 Sep. 2018 Photo: Donna Abdulaziz/The Wall Street Journal At super-luxury auto maker Rolls-Royce, vehicles customized for potential female clients included a cherry-red Dawn Drophead Coupé. Margherita Stancati, WSJ, "What Saudi Women Drivers Want: Muscle Cars," 18 July 2018 Is Everywhere This content is available customized for our international audience. Michele Corriston,, "Nikki Bella Chooses Her Wedding Dress After Drama with John Cena: 'I Feel Like a Barbie!'," 3 July 2018 Is Everywhere This content is available customized for our international audience. Kathryn Lindsay,, "The Kardashians Are Tiffany Haddish's Punching Bag In MTV Awards Opening Joke," 18 June 2018 Church will be in the New York store tomorrow as well, customizing and hand-painting the flats for customers on-site. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Here’s How Patrick Church Turned a Simple Ballet Flat Into a Piece of Art," 17 Apr. 2019 These figures were built, customized, and installed in what are now iconic attractions like Pirates of the Caribbean and Haunted Mansion. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "The A1000 Is Disney's Advanced Animatronic Bringing the Galaxy's Edge Star Wars Theme Park To Life," 28 Feb. 2019 Glassdoor charges companies to customize their pages and promote open jobs, from a few hundred dollars to tens of thousands of dollars a month. Andrea Fuller, WSJ, "How Companies Secretly Boost Their Glassdoor Ratings," 22 Jan. 2019 And while these are the standard features of the Summit, all of Colorado Teardrop’s trailers can be customized with different trim options and colors to best suit your needs. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Teardrop trailer features bunkbeds to sleep a family of 4," 23 Oct. 2018

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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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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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something valued as if it were money

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