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in•di•vid•u•al•ly (in′də vij′o̅o̅ ə lē),USA pronunciation adv.WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
- one at a time;
separately:The delegates were introduced individually.
- personally:Each of us is individually responsible.
- in an individual or personally unique manner:Her interpretation was individually conceived.
- individual + -ly 1590–1600
in•di•vid•u•al /ˌɪndəˈvɪdʒuəl/USA pronunciation n. [countable]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
adj. [before a noun]
- a single human being, as distinguished from a group:the freedom of each individual.
- a person:Several unidentified individuals approached the speaker.
adj. [before a noun]
separate:each individual child.
- intended for the use of one person only:individual portions.
- of or characteristic of a particular person or thing:individual tastes.
in•di•vid•u•al (in′də vij′o̅o̅ əl),USA pronunciation n.
- a single human being, as distinguished from a group.
- a person:a strange individual.
- a distinct, indivisible entity;
a single thing, being, instance, or item.
- a group considered as a unit.
- a single organism capable of independent existence.
- a member of a compound organism or colony.
- Games[Cards.]a duplicate-bridge tournament in which each player plays the same number of hands in partnership with every other player, individual scores for each player being kept for each hand.
separate:to number individual copies of a limited edition.
- intended for the use of one person only:to serve individual portions of a pizza.
- of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a particular person or thing:individual tastes.
- distinguished by special, singular, or markedly personal characteristics;
exhibiting unique or unusual qualities:a highly individual style of painting.
- existing as a distinct, indivisible entity, or considered as such;
discrete:individual parts of a tea set.
- of which each is different or of a different design from the others:a set of individual coffee cups.
- Medieval Latin indīviduālis, equivalent. to Latin indīvidu(us) indivisible (in- in-3 + dīvid(ere) to divide + -uus deverbal adjective, adjectival suffix) + -ālis -al1
- late Middle English 1375–1425
- 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See person.
- 1, 2. As a synonym for person, individual is standard, occurring in all varieties of speech and writing:Three individuals entered the room, each carrying a sheaf of papers.Some object to this use, insisting that individual can mean only "a single human being, as distinguished from a group'':An individual may have concerns that are ignored by his or her party.
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