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verb (used with object), cus·tom·ized, cus·tom·iz·ing.
  1. to modify or build according to individual or personal specifications or preference: to customize an automobile.
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Also especially British, cus·tom·ise.

Origin of customize

An Americanism dating back to 1930–35; custom + -ize
Related formscus·tom·iz·a·ble, adjectivecus·tom·i·za·tion, nouncus·tom·iz·er, nounnon·cus·tom·ized, adjectivesem·i·cus·tom·ized, adjective
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Related Words for customizing

repair, tweak, vary, adjust, adapt, rework, correct, revise, customize, reshape, transmute, mutate, convert, doctor, reorganize, reform, transform, turn, transmogrify, transfigure

Examples from the Web for customizing

Historical Examples of customizing

  • It is referred to as accurizing, and sporterizing, and customizing a piece.

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    The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy

British Dictionary definitions for customizing



  1. (tr) to modify (something) according to a customer's individual requirements
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Derived Formscustomization or customisation, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for customizing



1934, "to make (something) to a customer's specifications," American English, from custom (adj.) + -ize. Related: Customizable; customization; customized; customizing.

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