Definition of individuate in English:


Syllabification: in·di·vid·u·ate
Pronunciation: /ˌindəˈvijo͞oˌāt


[with object]
  • Distinguish from others of the same kind; single out: it is easy to individuate and enumerate the significant elements
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    • The cloned child would have her uniquely individuating consciousness that would be constitutive of her personal identity.
    • What we have seen in the rite of seeing off is a procedure of individuating the deceased through drawing boundaries.
    • Although every baboon is a distinct, highly individuated self, each seems to exist simultaneously as self-in-community or even as self-in-communion.



Pronunciation: /-ˌvijo͞oˈāSHən/
More example sentences
  • Jung defines individuation as the lifelong process towards ‘the integration of the self’.
  • The hypotheses proposed were derived from a combination of literature on parenting, identity formation, and individuation in the family context.
  • Increased behavioral autonomy facilitates secondary processes such as role exploration, identity formation, and individuation.


early 17th century: from medieval Latin individuat- 'singled out', from the verb individuare, from Latin individuus, from in- 'into' + dividuus 'divisible' (from dividere 'to divide').

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