[ in-duh-vij-oo-eyt ]
/ ˌɪn dəˈvɪdʒ uˌeɪt /
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verb (used with object), in·di·vid·u·at·ed, in·di·vid·u·at·ing.

to form into an individual or distinct entity.
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.

to make distinctions: to individuate among one's students.
to become individualized or distinctive: With maturity, the artist individuated.



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Origin of individuate

First recorded in 1605–15; from Medieval Latin indīviduātus, past participle of indīviduāre “to make individual”; see individual, -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM individuate

in·di·vid·u·a·tor, nounun·in·di·vid·u·at·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for individuate

/ (ˌɪndɪˈvɪdjʊˌeɪt) /

verb (tr)

to give individuality or an individual form to
to distinguish from others of the same species or group; individualize

Derived forms of individuate

individuator, noun
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