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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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Examples from the web for personalized
  • Every animal has a personalized diet, designed by a team of zoo nutritionists.
  • personalized sets of crayons invite the kids to have fun.
  • The value that can be derived from data mining of de-personalized records is limitless.
  • Wars that hinge on an unstable, highly personalized relationship seldom come to a satisfying end.
  • It personalized the election result in a provocative way, but it was cruelly accurate.
  • It also teaches, guides and motivates with our personalized sleep coaching program.
  • Instead of a single football game, the splintering of fifteen different games into personalized fantasy-league statistics.
  • personalized jewelry and keepsakes made to be cherished for generations.
  • Instructors have the ability to provide their own specific personalized feedback to complement the automated feedback.
  • Online education can be more flexible, adaptive, and personalized.
British Dictionary definitions for personalized

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 personalized

personalize

v.

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

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