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.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for personalization

Contemporary Examples of personalization

Historical Examples of personalization

  • The 'All-Father' idea certainly evolves from the personalization of the sky.

  • We believe in a person and in God in so far as He is a person and a personalization of the Universe.

    Tragic Sense Of Life

    Miguel de Unamuno

  • The doctrine of the Incarnation, which underlies the whole Christian life, is really the doctrine of the personalization of love.

    Herein is Love

    Reuel L. Howe

  • But of this conception of faith in God as the personalization of the universe we shall have more to say presently.

    Tragic Sense Of Life

    Miguel de Unamuno

British Dictionary definitions for personalization



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 personalization

1849, from personalize + -ation.



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

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