personalize [pur-suh-nl-ahyz] Word Origin 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.

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 British Dictionary definitions for personalise personalize personalise 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

Derived Formspersonalization or personalisation, 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 personalise personalize v.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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