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verb (used with object), in·di·vid·u·al·ized, in·di·vid·u·al·iz·ing.
  1. to make individual or distinctive; give an individual or distinctive character to.
  2. to mention, indicate, or consider individually; specify; particularize.
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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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Examples from the Web for individualize

Historical Examples

  • To quote or to individualize would be to cheapen this vast offering.

    Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete

    Albert Bigelow Paine

  • It is the natural tendency of enlightenment to individualize.

  • As he had time to look around he began to individualize the men.

    The Eagle's Heart

    Hamlin Garland

  • Some figures it is all but impossible to individualize without this means.

  • For the first and foremost effect of the tropics is to individualize things.

    The Pacific Triangle

    Sydney Greenbie

British Dictionary definitions for individualize



verb (tr)
  1. to make or mark as individual or distinctive in character
  2. to consider or treat individually; particularize
  3. to make or modify so as to meet the special requirements of a person
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Derived Formsindividualization or individualisation, nounindividualizer or individualiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for individualize


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

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