Definition of individual in English:


Line breaks: in¦di|vid¦ual
Pronunciation: /ɪndɪˈvɪdjʊ(ə)l


  • 1 [attributive] Single; separate: individual tiny flowers
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    • There are so many wonderful performances here, it would be pointless to single out individual cast members for praise.
    • The cast is really rather too large to single any one member out for individual comment.
    • Separate individual competitions for men and women are scheduled and they will be divided into junior and senior groups.
    single, separate, discrete, independent; sole, lone, solitary, isolated
  • 2Of or for a particular person: the individual needs of the children
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    • We have different activities and approaches and we try and make individual care plans for each person.
    • Research has shown that people reduce their use of health care after individual psychotherapy.
    • They want each patient to be given an individual care plan tailored to their needs following rapid access to an expert diagnosis and assessment.
  • 2.1Designed for use by one person: a casserole served in individual portions
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    • Its serving order and individual portions is Western and the use of the chopsticks is Oriental.
    • You can make it in individual serving dishes for a special dessert or one big pan for everyone to dive into.
    • The mainstay of our order was nigiri sushi (fish on individual portions of sushi rice).
  • 2.2Characteristic of a particular person or thing: she was surprised at how individual the others' bodies were
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    • This didactic function tended to diminish many characteristics of individual style.
    • There are at least six different forms of lightning, each with their own individual characteristics and colours.
    • However, all models will have their own individual body styles and dynamic characteristics.
  • 2.3Having a striking or unusual character; original: she creates her own, highly individual landscapes
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    • It's a great showcase of local talent and the perfect place to pick up an unusual and individual Christmas gift.
    • York was once renowned for its individual shops selling unusual merchandise, that is what the visitors expect.
    • I prefer things that are individual with a really interesting design aesthetic.
    original, unique, exclusive, singular, idiosyncratic, different, unusual, off-centre, novel, unorthodox, atypical, out of the ordinary


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late Middle English (in the sense 'indivisible'): from medieval Latin individualis, from Latin individuus, from in- 'not' + dividuus 'divisible' (from dividere 'to divide').

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