To customize something is to make it exactly how you want it. If you put stickers all over your plain old notebook, you customize it.

If you see the word customer in customize, you’re onto something — to customize is to make something to a customer’s specifications. When clothes are customized — or tailored — they’re made with you in mind, specifically. A customized suit should fit perfectly. If you customize your car, it could be bright pink with eyelashes on the headlights. Or not.

Definitions of customize
  1. verb
    make to specifications
    synonyms: custom-make, customise, tailor-make
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    type of:
    create, make, produce
    create or manufacture a man-made product
  2. verb
    make according to requirements
    customize a car”
    synonyms: customise
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    type of:
    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
    build, construct, make
    make by combining materials and parts
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