personalize

[ pur-suh-nl-ahyz ]
/ ˈpɜr sə nlˌaɪz /

verb (used with object), per·son·al·ized, per·son·al·iz·ing.

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.

Nearby words

  1. personality inventory,
  2. personality profile,
  3. personality test,
  4. personality type,
  5. personalization,
  6. personalized medicine,
  7. personally,
  8. personals,
  9. personalty,
  10. personate

Also especially British, per·son·al·ise.

Origin of personalize

First recorded in 1720–30; personal + -ize

Related formsper·son·al·i·za·tion, nounun·per·son·al·ized, adjectiveun·per·son·al·iz·ing, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for personalise

personalize

personalise

/ (ˈpɜːsənəˌlaɪz) /

verb (tr)

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 Formspersonalization or personalisation, noun

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Word Origin and History for personalise

personalize

v.

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

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