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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 customized
  • Their images will be produced under contract, customized for clients, and made available at market prices.
  • The customized kitchen car has observation windows so you can watch chefs while they work.
  • Weddings nowadays have become highly customized expressions of a couple's interests, values and backgrounds.
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  • Imagine the aftermarket for improved and customized software.
  • The data-gathering options are out there, and it shouldn't be difficult to come with a way to make this more customized.
  • The company will soon be rolling out a unique customized smart phone app using a tool known as augmented reality.
  • Off subject barely, is that this page sample merely from an bizarre set up or else do you use a customized template.
British Dictionary definitions for customized


(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 customized



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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