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

Definition of personalize

transitive verb

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
Recent Examples on the Web Through Messenger, this one-stop experience will allow users to interact with the Colonel himself to coordinate a mealtime, personalize their invitation and receive reminders to connect with their moms via Messenger video chat on Mother’s Day. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, "Mother's Day is different this year. Here are 12+ restaurants offering specials for mom," 4 May 2020 Convinced by the logic behind personalized learning, Zuckerberg donated nearly $26 million in 2018 and $43 million in 2019 to Summit Public Schools and TLP Education through the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. USA TODAY, "Is online school program backed by Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg the answer for coronavirus closures?," 2 May 2020 Lots of upgrades are available to help personalize the ride, like color and material of interior and cushioning on seats. Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, "The Best New Family Cars of 2020," 22 Apr. 2020 Mercy Health unveiled a way to personalize messages of encouragement to its doctors and nurses this week. James Weber,, "Hospitals develop new ways to send encouragement to health care workers," 14 Apr. 2020 Here are some others: Beanstalk: This website offers live and on-demand classes for children between 1.5 and 6 years old that are personalized based on their age and developmental needs. Annabelle Timsit, Quartz, "A support guide for parents raising babies and toddlers through the coronavirus crisis," 6 Apr. 2020 This finding could ultimately help clinicians personalize treatments. Simon Makin, Scientific American, "Effective Psychological Therapy May Slow Cellular Aging," 1 Apr. 2020 Error 0: Additionally, Caldwell Homes offers an selection of floor plans and design options allowing buyers to personalize a home that’s customized to their living preferences. Houston Chronicle, "Caldwell builds homes designed for active adults," 7 Mar. 2020 Few were poised to do so as well as language-learning software companies, which have spent years honing the digitized, personalized, gamified experience of a self-paced education. Erin Richards, USA TODAY, "Amid coronavirus, students flock to Kahoot!, Duolingo. Is it the end of language teachers?," 7 Apr. 2020

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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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23 May 2020

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“Personalize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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How to pronounce personalize (audio)

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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