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individuate

[in-duh-vij-oo-eyt]
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verb (used with object), in·di·vid·u·at·ed, in·di·vid·u·at·ing.
  1. to form into an individual or distinct entity.
  2. to give an individual or distinctive character to; individualize.
verb (used without object), in·di·vid·u·at·ed, in·di·vid·u·at·ing.
  1. to make distinctions: to individuate among one's students.
  2. to become individualized or distinctive: With maturity, the artist individuated.

Origin of individuate

1605–15; < Medieval Latin indīviduātus past participle of indīviduāre to make individual. See individual, -ate1
Related formsin·di·vid·u·a·tor, nounun·in·di·vid·u·at·ed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for individuate

Historical Examples

  • What is the nearest approach to certainty among the attempts successfully to individuate the ancient relater of Mirabilia Rom?

    Notes and Queries, 1850.12.21

    Various

  • It is only through our ignorance and subjectivity that things appear distinct and individuate.


British Dictionary definitions for individuate

individuate

verb (tr)
  1. to give individuality or an individual form to
  2. to distinguish from others of the same species or group; individualize
Derived Formsindividuator, noun
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Word Origin and History for individuate

v.

1610s, from Medieval Latin individuatus, past participle of individuare, from Latin individuus (see individual). Related: Individuated; individuating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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