Definition of “personalize” - English Dictionary

“personalize” in British English

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personalizeverb [ T ]

UK usually personalise uk /ˈpɜː.sən.əl.aɪz/ us /ˈpɝː.sən.əl.aɪz/

If you personalize an object, you change it or add to it so that it is obvious that it belongs to or comes from you:

The computer allows you to personalize standard letters by adding a greeting to each one.
She had done little to personalize her room, except hang a few posters on the walls.

to make something suitable for the needs of a particular person:

She hired a trainer to create a personalized exercise schedule to get her into shape.

If you personalize a subject, you make people feel more emotionally involved in it by giving examples about real people:

By telling people about her accident, she personalizes the numbing figure of traffic accidents that happen every year.

disapproving If you personalize an argument or discussion, you start to criticize someone's bad qualities instead of discussing the facts.

(Definition of “personalize” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“personalize” in American English

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personalizeverb [ T ]

us /ˈpɜr·sə·nəlˌɑɪz/

to make something specially suitable for a particular person:

We try to personalize these stories for the people who are listening.

If you personalize an issue, you talk about how it relates to particular people:

In his description, he personalizes the plight of the homeless.

Objects that are personalized have your name or something else you choose on them:

personalized checks
personalized license plates

If you personalize an argument or discussion, you start to criticize the other person’s faults instead of discussing the facts:

We shouldn’t personalize these negotiations.

(Definition of “personalize” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“personalize” in Business English

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personalizeverb [ T ]

UK also personalise uk /ˈpɜːsənəlaɪz/ us

to make something suitable for the needs of a particular person:

This cookie is used by one online retailer to personalize the website for you.
We try to personalize the service they receive without being too personal.

to change something or add to it so that it is obvious that it belongs to or comes from you:

I have personalized my e-mail signature to let others know I am recruiting team members.

(Definition of “personalize” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)