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[kuhs-tuh-mahyz] /ˈkʌs təˌmaɪz/
verb (used with object), customized, customizing.
to modify or build according to individual or personal specifications or preference:
to customize an automobile.
Also, especially British, customise.
Origin of customize
1930-35, Americanism; custom + -ize
Related forms
customizable, adjective
customization, noun
customizer, noun
noncustomized, adjective
semicustomized, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for customization
  • Indeed, price seems to be driving the move toward customization.
  • The storm hood and powder skirt can be fully removed for supreme customization as the conditions demand.
  • It really is an impressive achievement--the customization is absolutely amazing.
  • The cost of that customization would run well into the hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars.
  • They have menu options and opportunities for customization.
  • If you're doing heavy customization, you'd better be prepared to spend a good chunk of time playing code detective.
  • More widgets and five home screen panels allow for further device customization.
  • Moreover, the material can be snipped anywhere without unraveling, a feature that allows for complete customization.
  • Instead, its continued use as a material may be driven by customization.
  • Apps, of course, provide an even higher degree of photograph customization and pro-quality photo editing abilities to smartphones.
British Dictionary definitions for customization


(transitive) to modify (something) according to a customer's individual requirements
Derived Forms
customization, customisation, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for customization



1934, "to make (something) to a customer's specifications," American English, from custom (adj.) + -ize. Related: Customizable; customization; customized; customizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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