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[pur-suh-nl-ahyz] /ˈpɜr sə nlˌaɪz/
verb (used with object), personalized, personalizing.
to have marked with one's initials, name, or monogram:
to personalize stationery.
to make personal, as by applying a general statement to oneself.
to ascribe personal qualities to; personify.
to design or tailor to meet an individual's specifications, needs, or preferences: a personalized search engine;
personalized learning.
Also, especially British, personalise.
Origin of personalize
1720-30; personal + -ize
Related forms
personalization, noun
unpersonalized, adjective
unpersonalizing, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for personalize


verb (transitive)
to endow with personal or individual qualities or characteristics
to mark (stationery, clothing, etc) with a person's initials, name, etc
to take (a remark, etc) personally
another word for personify
Derived Forms
personalization, personalisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for personalize

1747, from personal + -ize. Related: Personalized; personalizing.

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