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 Kids can use this kit to build a treehouse, then personalize their digs with windows, doors, a swing and a slide. Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, "The 2020 Good Housekeeping Best Toy Awards," 20 Oct. 2020 Each helmet also has controls to personalize settings. Mike Allen, Popular Mechanics, "How to Get Started With Welding," 18 Oct. 2020 One of the easiest ways to personalize your patio set is by changing the cushion color. Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, "10 patio sets you need for dining outdoors this fall," 18 Sep. 2020 Google keeps tabs on those interactions with Google Assistant to improve its AI and personalize your account. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "Blur your home on Maps and erase your data to remove your life from Google’s grip," 24 Sep. 2020 Yours has the most extensive range of products available to personalize, with serums and creams for day and night, along with a proprietary eye serum and peel pads. Marie Lodi,, "Can AI Treat Acne Better Than Your Dermatologist Can?," 17 Sep. 2020 Tonal customers take classes or programs led by coaches, with artificial intelligence layered on to suggest pacing, instruction, form feedback and more to personalize the experience. Sara Ashley O'brien, CNN, "Tonal, the Peloton for strength training, isn't worried about Apple's fitness play," 17 Sep. 2020 Evolvetogether also recently added face masks for kids that are as comfortable and affordable as its adult versions, just smaller in size - and with adorable sticker packs your kids can use to personalize their masks. Alex Warner,, "Hailey Bieber, Ariana Grande, and More Celebs Are Wearing This $2 Face Mask," 15 Sep. 2020 Both personalize their recommendations based on users’ browsing history. Patience Haggin, WSJ, "Merger of Clickbait Giants Taboola and Outbrain Is Called Off," 8 Sep. 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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28 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Personalize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Oct. 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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