individualize

[in-duh-vij-oo-uh-lahyz]

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.

Nearby words

  1. individual retirement account,
  2. individualism,
  3. individualist,
  4. individualistic,
  5. individuality,
  6. individually,
  7. individuate,
  8. individuation,
  9. individuation field,
  10. indivisibility

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

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British Dictionary definitions for individualize

individualize

individualise

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 individualize

individualize

v.

1650s, "to point out individually;" see individual + -ize. From 1837 as "to make individual." Related: Individualized; individualizing.

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