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verb (used with object), per·son·al·ized, per·son·al·iz·ing.
  1. to have marked with one's initials, name, or monogram: to personalize stationery.
  2. to make personal, as by applying a general statement to oneself.
  3. to ascribe personal qualities to; personify.
  4. to design or tailor to meet an individual's specifications, needs, or preferences: a personalized search engine; personalized learning.
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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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  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for personalize



verb (tr)
  1. to endow with personal or individual qualities or characteristics
  2. to mark (stationery, clothing, etc) with a person's initials, name, etc
  3. to take (a remark, etc) personally
  4. another word for personify
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Derived Formspersonalization or personalisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for personalize


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

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