A tailor helps make your clothes fit you better. Similarly, when you tailor something to the needs of others, you are adjusting what you do to best suit them rather than taking a general approach.

The word tailor comes from the Latin taliare, meaning "to cut." A tailor is someone who cuts and adjusts your clothing to better fit. When you tailor a jacket, you have it taken in to better suit your physique. But tailor isn't used strictly in reference to clothing. For example, a restaurant might tailor an order for a vegetarian by getting rid of the meat in a portion. A teacher might tailor a lesson plan to the demands of her ESL students.

Definitions of tailor
  1. noun
    a person whose occupation is making and altering garments
    synonyms: sartor, seamster
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    someone who fits a garment to a particular person
    type of:
    garment worker, garment-worker, garmentmaker
    a person who makes garments
  2. verb
    adjust to a specific need or market
    tailor your needs to your surroundings”
    synonyms: orient
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    type of:
    accommodate, adapt
    make fit for, or change to suit a new purpose
  3. verb
    style and tailor in a certain fashion
    synonyms: cut
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    cut into gores
    type of:
    create the design for; create or execute in an artistic or highly skilled manner
  4. verb
    create (clothes) with cloth
    synonyms: sew, tailor-make
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    run up
    make by sewing together quickly
    create by stitching together
    type of:
    fashion, forge
    make out of components (often in an improvising manner)
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