Definition of individuate in English:



  • Distinguish from others of the same kind; single out.

    ‘it is easy to individuate and enumerate the significant elements’
    • ‘It helps individuate us, because we establish our own voices by being involved early on in the writing process.’
    • ‘Rather, we lack clear criteria for individuating beliefs - that is, saying when beliefs are the same and different - without which there is no possibility of counting.’
    • ‘The cloned child would have her uniquely individuating consciousness that would be constitutive of her personal identity.’
    • ‘To name or individuate the deceased would reduce the national ghost to an ordinary self.’
    • ‘In addition the superimposition of political and personal texts demonstrates how affect is both individuated and socialised, often simultaneously.’
    • ‘The test was designed to individuate allele I within the Hordeum spontaneum accessions.’
    • ‘What we have seen in the rite of seeing off is a procedure of individuating the deceased through drawing boundaries.’
    • ‘Hence, if concepts are constituents of the content then individuating these concepts will require identifying some object, property or natural kind.’
    • ‘The binomial designates a duel made up of two individuated forces which intersect.’
    • ‘God is not individuated by his true description, since it is impossible to conceive of any other entity from which he could be distinguished.’
    • ‘The ‘rags to riches’ mythology of the American Dream individuates poverty and wealth.’
    • ‘Identity is now a much more individuated business, which means that people have to construct it for themselves and tailor it after their own fashion.’
    • ‘The actual future turned out to be one of material, individuating plenitude and not at all of minimalist class conformity.’
    • ‘Although every baboon is a distinct, highly individuated self, each seems to exist simultaneously as self-in-community or even as self-in-communion.’
    • ‘A mass of matter is individuated by the particles that compose it, however organized.’
    • ‘Solving it would require finding a suitable way to individuate cognitive processes and specifying the precise role of back-up processes.’
    • ‘In addition, some pairs of identical twins individuate themselves in early childhood.’
    • ‘They are working toward individuating themselves from their family of origin and trying to be as different from their parents as they can.’
    • ‘For Nietzsche, Dionysos symbolized the universal, Apollo symbolized individuated art.’


Early 17th century: from medieval Latin individuat- singled out, from the verb individuare, from Latin individuus, from in- into + dividuus divisible (from dividere to divide).