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individualize

[in-duh-vij-oo-uh-lahyz] /ˌɪn dəˈvɪdʒ u əˌlaɪz/
verb (used with object), individualized, individualizing.
1.
to make individual or distinctive; give an individual or distinctive character to.
2.
to mention, indicate, or consider individually; specify; particularize.
Also, especially British, individualise.
Origin of individualize
1630-1640
1630-40; individual + -ize
Related forms
individualization, noun
individualizer, noun
overindividualization, noun
unindividualized, adjective
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Examples from the Web for individualised
Historical Examples
  • Now, if the child is to be individualised, he must be well known, well studied.

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

    Reincarnation Th. Pascal
  • Of the individualised goddesses many are strictly local, being the names of springs or rivers.

    Celtic Religion Edward Anwyl
  • 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
  • Essex is not a suburban county; it is a characteristic and individualised county which wins the heart.

  • The modern fighting man is as individualised as a half back or a centre forward in a football team.

    War and the Future H. G. Wells
  • The skull of these lower fishes is itself a specialised one; it is an individualised modification of a simple type of skull.

    Form and Function E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell
  • The young man had the good or ill fortune to possess a marked and individualised countenance and gait.

  • In like manner, all public facts are to be individualised, all private facts are to be generalised.

British Dictionary definitions for individualised

individualize

/ˌɪndɪˈvɪdjʊəˌlaɪz/
verb (transitive)
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
Derived Forms
individualization, individualisation, noun
individualizer, 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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