- 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, per·son·al·ise.
Origin of personalize
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Examples from the Web for personalize
And she started to convince her to change lawyers and to personalize her guilt.How the Pussy Riot Girls Trial Fell Apart
May 8, 2013
Romney, who ignored Santorum in his speech, tried to personalize his critique of Obama.Mitt Romney Runs the Table, Winning Wisconsin, Maryland, and D.C.
April 4, 2012
So Begala is smart to advise Democrats to “ localize and personalize.”Obama's Politics of Fear
July 9, 2010
He was beginning to personalize her unconsciously, beginning to think of her mentally as the Girl.The Courage of Marge O'Doone
James Oliver Curwood
- 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
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Word Origin and History for personalize
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