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individualize

[in-duh-vij-oo-uh-lahyz]
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verb (used with object), in·di·vid·u·al·ized, in·di·vid·u·al·iz·ing.
  1. to make individual or distinctive; give an individual or distinctive character to.
  2. to mention, indicate, or consider individually; specify; particularize.
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Also especially British, in·di·vid·u·al·ise.

Origin of individualize

First recorded in 1630–40; individual + -ize
Related formsin·di·vid·u·al·i·za·tion, nounin·di·vid·u·al·iz·er, nouno·ver·in·di·vid·u·al·i·za·tion, nounun·in·di·vid·u·al·ized, adjective
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Examples from the Web for individualised

Historical Examples

  • It is only slightly conscious, for it is not individualised; all the same, it is precise in its nature.

    Reincarnation

    Th. Pascal

  • Now, if the child is to be individualised, he must be well known, well studied.

  • The women are all well drawn and individualised—except the heroine.

    Essays on Modern Novelists

    William Lyon Phelps

  • As human beings we are individualised fragments of the great universal spirit.

    Spirit and Music

    H. Ernest Hunt

  • And these individualised particles are supposed to move in an endless ocean of a vastly more subtle matter—the ether.


British Dictionary definitions for individualised

individualize

individualise

verb (tr)
  1. to make or mark as individual or distinctive in character
  2. to consider or treat individually; particularize
  3. to make or modify so as to meet the special requirements of a person
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Derived Formsindividualization or individualisation, nounindividualizer or individualiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for individualised

individualize

v.

1650s, "to point out individually;" see individual + -ize. From 1837 as "to make individual." Related: Individualized; individualizing.

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