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personalize

[pur-suh-nl-ahyz] /ˈpɜr sə nlˌaɪz/
verb (used with object), personalized, personalizing.
1.
to have marked with one's initials, name, or monogram:
to personalize stationery.
2.
to make personal, as by applying a general statement to oneself.
3.
to ascribe personal qualities to; personify.
4.
to design or tailor to meet an individual's specifications, needs, or preferences: a personalized search engine;
personalized learning.
Also, especially British, personalise.
Origin
1720-1730
1720-30; personal + -ize
Related forms
personalization, noun
unpersonalized, adjective
unpersonalizing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for personalize

personalize

/ˈpɜːsənəˌlaɪz/
verb (transitive)
1.
to endow with personal or individual qualities or characteristics
2.
to mark (stationery, clothing, etc) with a person's initials, name, etc
3.
to take (a remark, etc) personally
4.
another word for personify
Derived Forms
personalization, personalisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for personalize
v.

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

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