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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That kind of technology could allow doctors to personalize medicine at their patients’ bedsides or fight epidemics halfway around the world. Laine Higgins, WSJ, "This Company Aims to Deliver DNA on Demand With Its Biological Fax Machine," 12 July 2018 The InTouch infotainment system has been updated, allowing drivers to personalize driving characteristics and the cabin environment using the 8.0-inch dash touch screen, as well as through buttons beneath the screen and on the steering wheel. star-telegram, "Infiniti QX80 full-size luxury SUV brings elegance, technology to the family hauler," 30 June 2018 The goal at Allogene is to develop a suite of off-the-shelf CAR-T therapies that do not need to be personalized for each cancer patient. Adam Feuerstein, STAT, "CAR-T startup Allogene Therapeutics picks up veteran analyst Eric Schmidt as CFO," 18 June 2018 PillPack personalizes shipments for people taking multiple medications and streamlines the refill and co-pay process with behind-the-scenes software that automates many basic pharmacy tasks. Robert Langreth And Julie Verhage,, "PillPack founders, 32 and 35, to get $100 million each in Amazon deal," 29 June 2018 What’s more, all of those insertions would be personalized, so no two viewers see the same exact thing. Ralf Jacob, Fortune, "AI Is About to Make Video Ads a Lot Less Annoying," 26 June 2018 Users can personalize Powered Up-ready sets with dynamic motion, lighting effects, and other special features depending on the set. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Peek at LEGO’s upcoming sets: Star Wars crafts, Hogwarts, Ninjago city, and more," 19 May 2018 Regional auto dealers personalized the pony car designs, and one — inspired by the 1967 Shelby GT notchback coupe prototype — came to be called the California Special. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "New 2019 Ford Mustang GT California Special adds muscle to lineup," 12 Mar. 2018 The Train of Salt and Sugar insightfully personalizes that journey for an imperiled group of travelers, representing an auspicious awards-season debut for Mozambique’s emerging national cinema. Justin Lowe, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Train of Salt and Sugar' ('Comboio de Sal e Acucar'): Film Review | Palm Springs 2018," 16 Jan. 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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