per·​son·​al·​ize | \ ˈpərs-nə-ˌlīz How to pronounce personalize (audio) , ˈpər-sə-nə-\
personalized; personalizing

Definition of personalize

transitive verb

1 : personify
2 : to make personal or individual specifically : to mark as the property of a particular person personalized stationery

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Other Words from personalize

personalization \ ˌpərs-​nə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce personalization (audio) , ˌpər-​sə-​nə-​ \ noun

Examples of personalize in a Sentence

in the character of the good-hearted, virtuous seaman, the author has personalized the concept of perfect innocence

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Getting movie trailers to scale Scientists say machine learning can help reduce the time required to make a trailer, and even personalize trailers to different audiences. Sarah Min, CBS News, "Coming soon to Netflix: Movie trailers crafted by AI," 19 Aug. 2019 Jewelry will be personalized with initials on dangle bracelets and accessories will reach new peaks in novelty appeal. San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: Back to school fashion in 1950," 27 Aug. 2019 There's no reason YouTube's recommendations need to be personalized. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "YouTube should stop recommending garbage videos to users," 12 Aug. 2019 One of my favorite things, aside from the general convenience, is that each package is personalized for the child with his or her name. Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, "Nike Just Launched a New Subscription Shoe Box for Kids — and It's a Game Changer," 12 Aug. 2019 The shop recently provided a bride and groom from West Bend with small pints of salted caramel ice cream for their guests, personalized with a photo of them on lid. Adriana Ramirez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "This Port Washington candy shop goes through more than 6,000 pounds of chocolate each year," 26 July 2019 Those bags are personalized based on the individual and are created by the center’s pharmacist. Jane Stueckemann, Houston Chronicle, "The Woodlands gets first ketamine infusion center to treat depression," 9 July 2019 The book can be personalized to includes photographs of one's own cars. Daniel Golson, Car and Driver, "Bentley's Coffee-Table Book Costs Over $250,000 and Is Covered in Diamonds," 17 May 2019 There is no better gift than one that is personalized or customized to make the object of your affection feel extra special. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "Make It Personal: 14 Custom Jewelry Gifts for Valentine’s Day," 1 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of personalize

circa 1741, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of personalize was circa 1741

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English Language Learners Definition of personalize

: to mark (something) in a way that shows it belongs to a particular person
: to change or design (something) for a particular person

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