from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To take (a general remark or characterization) in a personal manner.
- transitive v. To attribute human or personal qualities to; personify.
- transitive v. To have printed, engraved, or monogrammed with one's name or initials: personalized the stationery; personalized the bath towels.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. to adapt something to the needs of an individual
- v. to represent something abstract as a person; to embody
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To make personal.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make personal; endow with personality; personify. Warburton. Also splled personalise.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. make personal or more personal
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Again, I can only personalize, which is not always the best thing to do.
So while it is a good idea to "personalize" the races for Congress, the last thing Democrats should do is to "localize" them, because the party that nationalizes a midterm -- and dominates the national dialogue -- almost always comes out ahead.
Now, it was time for me to give lessons as I explained to my students how to "personalize" binoculars for their own vision:
If and how you 'personalize' your news experience is simply a question of new methods, not new habits.
We don't need the government to "personalize" or, in any other way, put its stamp of approval upon our right to the money that we have earned.
He wants you to believe that Bush's plan would "personalize" Social Security.
Judges must "personalize" social injury, understanding, for example, that inertial law enforcement has its victims.
However, the American media seems to "personalize" the fear more than others.
Bringing this elitism to create the impression that these heads of state can "personalize" things and thus achieve greater results is total nonsense, pure poppycock.
I guess that's an argument for taking the first name/last name route, but I've never liked the way that sounded--it's like one of those direct marketing letters where they use mail merge to "personalize" each letter.