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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Edie Parker Custom Coasters Protect your new table with something personalized, like Edie Parker’s bespoke acrylic coasters. David Thielebeule, WSJ, "Style Director David Thielebeule’s Gift Guide: The Great Indoors," 11 Dec. 2018 The ensembles Charlotte and her fellow bridesmaids wore were subtly personalized as well. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Just Revealed the Sweetest Detail About Prince George's Royal Wedding Outfit," 26 Oct. 2018 Sephora Collection was also personalizing Lipstory lipsticks for $8—literally printing photos right off your phone and onto your lipstick tube. Lindsay Schallon, Glamour, "Inside Sephoria: Sephora's Fabulous, Glittery, Two-Day House Party," 22 Oct. 2018 The structured bag is personalized with her initials (L.G.) and features gold clasp detailing. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lady Gaga Debuts Hedi Slimane's First Céline Bag in Paris," 30 Aug. 2018 Google News results are ranked on a variety of factors, and the results are personalized to some extent. Abby Ohlheiser, The Seattle Times, "A short investigation into Trump’s tweets on Google results about himself," 28 Aug. 2018 Invite children to personalize their Gingerbread Man cookie with frosting and candy pieces. Maureen Mccourt Boylan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Four magical ways to keep the kids busy this holiday season," 5 Dec. 2017 Form Beauty launched in 2017 and encourages women to take an online survey to personalize an appropriate combination of hair products for them. Jason Del Rey, Recode, "Procter & Gamble has acquired the startup aiming to build the Procter & Gamble for people of color," 12 Dec. 2018 And in Mexico, architects are finding ways to personalize affordable housing in the wake of a federal building program that added millions of standardized homes, but in a way that erased local culture. Diana Budds, Curbed, "3 ways architects can improve social equity," 8 Nov. 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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