per·​son·​al·​ize | \ˈpərs-nə-ˌlīz, 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 , 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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Google still wants your data; using new features that personalize your phone experience comes at a steep price. Arielle Pardes, WIRED, "Google and the Rise of "Digital Wellbeing"," 9 May 2018 To make each child feel special, personalize his or her bed with a favorite toy or stuffed animal and a pillow monogrammed with his or her name. Marni Jameson,, "Designing a dreamy guest room for kids," 29 June 2018 On a recent spring morning, Armstrong describes how Oath will thrive by serving personalized content from its brands, including HuffPost, TechCrunch, Yahoo Sports and Yahoo Finance, directly to consumers through its apps, websites and services. Erin Griffith, WIRED, "Can Verizon Build a Strong Brand From the Bones of Yahoo and AOL?," 15 June 2018 Some derms will tack on a short round of LED light therapy following the facial, again personalizing it to the individual, shining blue light on acne, or red light to build collagen and calm the skin. Jolene Edgar, Allure, "The HydraFacial Phenomenon: Why Everyone Is Obsessed With This In-Office Treatment," 21 May 2018 Part of what makes a mala special is personalizing it with an intention, and making it a part of your own meditation practice. Alene Dawson,, "How prayer beads can enhance your meditative lifestyle," 31 Mar. 2018 Grooms: Tight resources in the new era of technology and personalized learning for all students, as well as proper communication around new grading theories and methods. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Richmond School Board candidates discuss priorities, community engagement, school safety," 7 Mar. 2018 The new functionality allows hosts to personalize an invitation, and send invites to guests. Penelope Walker, USA TODAY, "Text-based invitations deliver a whole new way to plan a party," 2 July 2018 Participants may choose to personalize the painting with stars instead of fireworks. Courant Community, "Community News For The Vernon Edition," 26 June 2018

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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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