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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 customize
  • To customize your salad to your meals--sometimes piquant, sometimes mellow--grow different greens separately.
  • Then try our variations, or be creative and customize your own.
  • The charm here lies in the toppings, which diners can customize to their liking.
  • They can zoom in and out on specific areas and customize the map in different ways.
  • Use its online vacation guide and trip planner to customize your visit.
  • Modular dividers let you customize to fit your gear.
  • It also gives you the ability to customize the flavors and textures to suit her growing abilities.
  • customize bath salts according to your scent preferences and your needs.
  • Compression straps let you customize the pack to fit its cargo, and the supportive hip belt can be removed if you so desire.
  • customize your itinerary, from soft family adventures to wilderness camping.
British Dictionary definitions for customize


(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 customize

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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