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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.
1720-30; personal + -ize
Related forms
personalization, noun
unpersonalized, adjective
unpersonalizing, adjective Unabridged
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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


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 personalized



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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