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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
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Examples from the web for customizable
  • Take a tea break with a customizable jigsaw puzzle-easy or difficult, it's your choice.
  • It's all highly customizable: you can set the number of points for each action and add names and images to ranks.
  • The old version accepted a lot of customizable settings.
  • There are plenty of customizable options, but the basic controls still remain intuitive to use.
  • Apps are arranged in rows of four, and the arrangement is customizable.
  • These customizable materials and building blocks are available to use for creating your own materials.
British Dictionary definitions for customizable


(transitive) to modify (something) according to a customer's individual requirements
Derived Forms
customization, customisation, noun
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Contemporary definitions for customizable

capable of being personalized and modified to order's 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin and History for customizable



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

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