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[in-duh-vij-oo-uh-lahyz] /ˌɪn dəˈvɪdʒ u əˌlaɪz/
verb (used with object), individualized, individualizing.
to make individual or distinctive; give an individual or distinctive character to.
to mention, indicate, or consider individually; specify; particularize.
Also, especially British, individualise.
Origin of individualize
First recorded in 1630-40; individual + -ize
Related forms
individualization, noun
individualizer, noun
overindividualization, noun
unindividualized, adjective Unabridged
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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


verb (transitive)
to make or mark as individual or distinctive in character
to consider or treat individually; particularize
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



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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