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 At their best, these algorithms can help personalize feeds so users discover new people and content that matches their interests based on prior activity. Rachel Metz, CNN, 10 Oct. 2021 Buyers can personalize the elements of the two- or three-bedroom design off plan, and move in between 12 to 18 months after purchase; prices start at $895,000. Mark Ellwood, Robb Report, 9 Oct. 2021 Wischmeyer said the rehabilitation study will use Apple watches and iPhones to personalize exercises for strength, balance and cardio training. Cindy Krischer Goodman,, 4 Oct. 2021 Silverman recommends looking for opportunities that will personalize volunteering, such as purchasing holiday gifts or school supplies for a family that has a same-age child. Phyllis L. Fagell, CNN, 24 Sep. 2021 During the pandemic, the district used their experience with microschooling to create learning pods and has been able to more effectively personalize learning for students and their families. Barnett Berry, The Conversation, 14 Sep. 2021 Service speed from Amazon has shifted customer expectations on timeliness on B2B to be as resilient as their B2C personal experiences demanding instant quotations, real time tracking on orders, and personalize messaging on express services. Cindy Gordon, Forbes, 5 Sep. 2021 Another way to personalize the shoots: The producers ask the chefs to do a show-and-tell of items of significance. Sharyn Jackson, Star Tribune, 16 Feb. 2021 In full, queen, and king sizes, this blanket offers dual control, which allows each person to personalize the heat on their side of the bed with 10 heat settings – say goodbye to fighting over the bedroom thermostat. Emma Seymour, Good Housekeeping, 1 Oct. 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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personality test


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17 Oct 2021

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“Personalize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 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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