verb (used with object), in·di·vid·u·al·ized, in·di·vid·u·al·iz·ing.

to make individual or distinctive; give an individual or distinctive character to.
to mention, indicate, or consider individually; specify; particularize.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for individualised

Historical Examples of individualised

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


    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



verb (tr)

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 Formsindividualization or individualisation, nounindividualizer or 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