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 Express your feelings, even if the other party might personalize the message too much., "Horoscope," 5 Aug. 2019 Banks was brought to tears as the stuffed animal was personalized with the voice of his late father, Bobby Meeks. Mark Heim |, al, "The story behind Alabama’s Marcus Banks’ emotional - and viral - video of gift honoring late father," 5 Aug. 2019 In addition to the stylish selection of prints, The Inside is offering the opportunity to personalize items across all of its categories. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "The Inside's New Furniture Collection is a Dream for Menswear Fashion Lovers," 9 Sep. 2019 How data is being used beyond biometrics and security Data isn’t just being used to expedite the boarding process and verify identities, it’s also being deployed to personalize customer experiences. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Airlines and Airports Use Your Data, From Security to the Flight Itself," 28 Aug. 2019 Finney says that the ability to personalize sets Toll Brothers homes apart from others in the area. Toll Brothers, The Seattle Times, "Community features luxury homes, mountain views," 11 Apr. 2019 Getting movie trailers to scale Scientists say machine learning can help reduce the time required to make a trailer, and even personalize trailers to different audiences. Sarah Min, CBS News, "Coming soon to Netflix: Movie trailers crafted by AI," 19 Aug. 2019 Jewelry will be personalized with initials on dangle bracelets and accessories will reach new peaks in novelty appeal. San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: Back to school fashion in 1950," 27 Aug. 2019 There's no reason YouTube's recommendations need to be personalized. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "YouTube should stop recommending garbage videos to users," 12 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of personalize

circa 1741, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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25 Oct 2019

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The first known use of personalize was circa 1741

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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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to spread as a report or rumor

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