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individually

[in-duh-vij-oo-uh-lee] /ˌɪn dəˈvɪdʒ u ə li/
adverb
1.
one at a time; separately:
The delegates were introduced individually.
2.
personally:
Each of us is individually responsible.
3.
in an individual or personally unique manner:
Her interpretation was individually conceived.
Origin of individually
1590-1600
First recorded in 1590-1600; individual + -ly
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  • Nothing that happened to him individually had any importance.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • That one instance concerns myself personally and individually.

    The Old Game Samuel G. Blythe
  • As individuals they had so many advantages, while we are so weak and individually so helpless.

    The Issahar Artifacts Jesse Franklin Bone
  • At first Peter had thought that individually many of the men liked him.

    The Vagrant Duke George Gibbs
  • individually, as well, its grace and beauty might even take that rank.

Word Origin and History for individually
adv.

1590s, "indivisibly," from individual + -ly (2). Meaning "as individuals" is from 1640s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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