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 personalize (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 Reach out to people at your target companies and personalize the invitation to give some context. Caroline Castrillon, Forbes, "How To Job Hunt While Still Employed," 28 Apr. 2021 Past presidents have used their speeches to honor individuals or to offer brief tributes to people in attendance to personalize their agenda. Ken Thomas, WSJ, "What Time Is Biden’s Speech Tonight? How to Watch and Stream the President’s Address," 28 Apr. 2021 Choose from natural, black and sunburst finishes to personalize your instrument. Ivana Chavez,, "How much should I spend on a guitar?," 18 Apr. 2021 Most have several topics available or will personalize the event to your tastes. Los Angeles Times, "Wine tasting in Napa and Sonoma will never be the same. Here’s why that’s a good thing," 2 Apr. 2021 The goal is to personalize work schedules to best suit employees’ needs, Dubensky said. Washington Post, "Ford gives 30,000 employees the option to work from home forever, another sign of workforce transformation," 17 Mar. 2021 The open-concept layouts lend themselves to entertaining, while versatile flex spaces ensure owners can personalize their homes to suit their needs. Dallas News, "Stay well connected in 55-plus community," 11 Apr. 2021 Parents can personalize the experience by sending children’s letters to Santa and any other info in advance. René A. Guzman,, "Hondo company Virtual Santa Visits offering 20-minute virtual Santa visits for kids, office parties," 3 Dec. 2020 The second half of the book is a keepsake journal for parents to personalize and document the most memorable moments from these unusual times. cleveland, "Moreland Hills author’s new book tells of the special circumstances, challenges of having a baby during a pandemic," 18 Mar. 2021

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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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2 May 2021

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“Personalize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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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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