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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As noted above, Amazon keeps these recordings to personalize the Alexa experience to your household and uses them to create an acoustic model of your voice. Natt Garun, The Verge, "How to hear (and delete) every conversation your Amazon Alexa has recorded," 28 Feb. 2019 The companies said Thursday that expanding their relationship will help improve service, personalize care and give doctors a more complete picture of the patient. Tom Murphy,, "Cigna to spend about $52 billion for Express Scripts," 8 Mar. 2018 Twitter is embracing its role as a news platform with a slate of product updates that will personalize the stories users see. Alyssa Newcomb /, NBC News, "Twitter introduces personalized news alerts ahead of the World Cup," 13 June 2018 And customers were promised regular access to trainers as needed to help personalize the dogs' training. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "$25K “diabetic alert dogs” were untrained, un-housebroken puppies, lawsuit says," 10 May 2018 Callahan said this process helped to personalize the experience for both the children and the senior citizens. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Kids 2 Kids Christmas toy drive captures holiday spirit for both young and old," 4 Dec. 2017 Launching January 15, the new Zodiac collection offers fans a pair of Meghan's favorite flats, personalized with their own zodiac sign. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle's Beloved Rothy's Flats Just Got a Zodiac Update," 15 Jan. 2019 Though still in the pilot stage at just two stores, the Redmond QFC and a Kroger in Monroe, Ohio, near the chain’s headquarters, the initiative will bring together a broad suite of personalizing technologies. Paul Roberts, The Seattle Times, "Kroger hopes Redmond QFC pilot with Microsoft will make it ‘retailer of the future’," 7 Jan. 2019 Machine learning is critical to personalizing software services, said Matt McIlwain, managing director of Madrona Venture Group LLC, a Seattle venture firm. Tripp Mickle, WSJ, "Why Apple Chose Austin, Seattle and Culver City for Its New Jobs Push," 14 Dec. 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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