Definition of individual in English:

individual

adjective

  • 1[attributive] Single; separate.

    ‘individual tiny flowers’
    • ‘It would be unfair to single out individual players as every man on the field gave 100 per cent effort.’
    • ‘Parents in some parts of Britain have travelled abroad or paid privately for single vaccinations against the individual diseases.’
    • ‘For the chicory: poach in water with salt and lemon juice for three minutes, drain and separate into individual leaves.’
    • ‘Which means a favorite wouldn't be a single work but a range of work by individual artists.’
    • ‘But why a separate outfit when individual companies already have quality departments?’
    • ‘Remove excess soil and separate individual bulbs, disturbing the roots as little as possible.’
    • ‘When it was just 25 separate chapters in individual word documents it didn't feel that substantial.’
    • ‘Our study was performed using single swab specimens from individual patients.’
    • ‘The individual cells were tiny, bare closets with no amenities, and were designed to be too short to lie down in.’
    • ‘Most plants occurred as dense individual tufts separated by cracked soil.’
    • ‘The shoot and roots of individual plants were separated and weighed.’
    • ‘Separate individual competitions for men and women are scheduled and they will be divided into junior and senior groups.’
    • ‘The Marie Curie Actions offer numerous opportunities to individual researchers to participate in a research team in another country.’
    • ‘There are so many wonderful performances here, it would be pointless to single out individual cast members for praise.’
    • ‘These eruptions are thought to rise first as vertical sheets of magma, before separating into individual pipes.’
    • ‘Separate the bulbs into individual cloves and space them every 10 cm in rows 30 cm apart.’
    • ‘With longer projects it is also productive to work on individual scenes separately rather than the whole movie at once.’
    • ‘More or less curls can be created by separating the individual strands of hair into small or larger sections.’
    • ‘The cast is really rather too large to single any one member out for individual comment.’
    single, separate, discrete, independent
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  • 2Of or for a particular person.

    ‘the individual needs of the children’
    • ‘Finally, we do individual sessions to follow people through a full task, to make certain it's working the way they want it to.’
    • ‘But in a family of 12 children there was not all that much time for her mother to give individual care to any one child.’
    • ‘The tale of the whale shows how every story today is seen through the prism of individual emotions.’
    • ‘Research has shown that people reduce their use of health care after individual psychotherapy.’
    • ‘The most important thing was that I got individual care from the staff.’
    • ‘Material received when consulting this Internet site is for individual use only.’
    • ‘The major exception is farm-to-farm movements of sheep, which will remain subject to individual licences.’
    • ‘An audit that involved a systematic search of all individual primary care records was performed at the end of the study period.’
    • ‘Two of those groups were single students who needed individual instruction.’
    • ‘Of course, the more valuable people perceive their individual cell phones to be, the less likely they may be to trade up for new ones.’
    • ‘The group aims to build housing units to provide individual care for mentally disabled children in China.’
    • ‘The nurse to patient ratio is very high to allow for individual patient care.’
    • ‘They want each patient to be given an individual care plan tailored to their needs following rapid access to an expert diagnosis and assessment.’
    • ‘Interesting that we now have numerous fonts designed to look like individual handwriting.’
    • ‘We have different activities and approaches and we try and make individual care plans for each person.’
    • ‘Couples therapy can also be separate but integrated into individual therapies for depression.’
    • ‘Entrants should be aware that they may be subject to local call charges depending on their own individual arrangements for internet access.’
    • ‘The project is to be commended for promoting individual responsibility in health care.’
    • ‘It provided individual clinical and preventive care, combined with health promotion, to a defined community.’
    • ‘They also received a number of individual donations from people.’
    1. 2.1Designed for use by one person.
      ‘individual serving dishes’
      • ‘However, the restaurant does individual Japanese dishes on the other nights of the week at reasonable prices too!’
      • ‘Serve the ingredients in individual dishes alongside each other.’
      • ‘Its serving order and individual portions is Western and the use of the chopsticks is Oriental.’
      • ‘There was little variation, right down to the brand of the individual servings of jam.’
      • ‘Whizz until the mixture is quite thick, then tip it into a shallow dish, or individual dishes.’
      • ‘Share the mussels into individual serving bowls and then ladle a generous amount of broth into each bowl.’
      • ‘You can refrigerate the broth at this point and simply heat it up when you want to make an individual serving.’
      • ‘Place the hens on the serving platter or individual plates and drizzle the sauce over them.’
      • ‘So it makes sense to split the money into separate individual accounts.’
      • ‘You can also make individual portions in small bowls, using mini-jaffa cakes.’
      • ‘Pour into large glass serving bowl or individual stemmed glasses.’
      • ‘Everywhere we went butter and jams were served in those horrible individual portions.’
      • ‘Add a measure of your favourite liqueur and either pour into individual dishes or into a pre-cooked sweet pastry tart.’
      • ‘The mainstay of our order was nigiri sushi (fish on individual portions of sushi rice).’
      • ‘When the incredibly fresh dish arrived, I deduced that it must be mashed on the fly in individual portions.’
      • ‘The individual dishes are not cheap but the portions are generous and good fresh ingredients are in evidence.’
      • ‘Soups were available in a can as well as individual portions in a box!’
      • ‘Arrange the egg pieces, the yolks of which should still be a little soft on top individual servings or on top of the bowl of salad.’
      • ‘Layer with the rose petal cream in a single bowl or in individual glasses.’
      • ‘You can make it in individual serving dishes for a special dessert or one big pan for everyone to dive into.’
    2. 2.2Characteristic of a particular person or thing.
      ‘individual traits of style’
      • ‘You make a mark with your individual style and performance in whatever you do today.’
      • ‘This didactic function tended to diminish many characteristics of individual style.’
      • ‘There are, of course, personal motives and individual peculiarities involved in the latest incident.’
      • ‘There are so many choices available to complement the individual style of your room.’
      • ‘However, all models will have their own individual body styles and dynamic characteristics.’
      • ‘Rather their individual style and approach complements each other.’
      • ‘Fresh and creative gold jewellery designs allow women to define their individual sense of fashion.’
      • ‘However, it is as a novelist that he is most renowned particularly for his highly polished, individual style.’
      • ‘Linked closely to individual style, colour is perhaps the easiest and most personal expression of taste.’
      • ‘Many bed and breakfasts have individual charm and character, often in the spirit of the locale.’
      • ‘By the same token, it is also good to take into account the individual character or personality of the student.’
      • ‘Later, when the screenplay makes a feeble attempt to give them individual traits, it's too late.’
      • ‘The intense individual characterization he brought to his subjects was sometimes criticized as verging on caricature.’
      • ‘But they needed to adapt their individual styles to get the best from the workforce, he said.’
      • ‘There is an argument that says globalisation is ruining the individual character of different nations.’
      • ‘It's often followed by a purging of influences and the development of an individual style.’
      • ‘They were supported by strong singers and actors in other key roles, who brought their individual style and charm to the show.’
      • ‘This way you could style pages by referencing individual styles from other sites.’
      • ‘Each guest bedroom has an individual design; all are exquisite and huge fun.’
      • ‘There are at least six different forms of lightning, each with their own individual characteristics and colours.’
    3. 2.3Having a striking or unusual character; original.
      ‘she creates her own, highly individual, landscapes’
      • ‘I'm a fairly recent convert to his individual style of trip-hop, orchestral, landscape music.’
      • ‘I prefer things that are individual with a really interesting design aesthetic.’
      • ‘It's a great showcase of local talent and the perfect place to pick up an unusual and individual Christmas gift.’
      • ‘Amy has an individual sense of style and glamour - and already looks great.’
      • ‘York was once renowned for its individual shops selling unusual merchandise, that is what the visitors expect.’
      • ‘Their individual styles would necessarily mirror their political consciousness.’
      • ‘I have invented a name for my own highly individual style of present wrapping.’
      • ‘The exhibition is testimony to the common themes that bind them and yet the unmistakeably individual genius and style of each.’
      • ‘People trying to be hip and striving to have an individual style to the point of absurdity, that they end up all looking the same.’
      • ‘Look out for his book, as his very individual writing style and story telling is brilliant.’
      • ‘The reason he was chosen was that he has a very individual style.’
      • ‘Special thanks to all especially the younger models whose individual styles made it a night to remember.’

noun

  • 1A single human being as distinct from a group, class, or family.

    ‘boat trips for parties and individuals’
    • ‘It is a basic issue of human rights that individuals can observe their religion.’
    • ‘He is not satisfied with anything less than total absorption and enjoyment, from every single individual present.’
    • ‘First, because people vote for parties rather than individuals, any personal vote is relatively small.’
    • ‘A song, by its very definition, implies a single individual giving voice to either emotion or narrative by means of melody.’
    • ‘Of course all references to groups are ultimately references to distinct individuals.’
    • ‘Twins are genetic duplicates of each other, but no one would deny that each is a distinct human individual.’
    • ‘True partnership and community can only come about between distinct individuals.’
    • ‘I was brought up to respect all faiths and the human rights of individuals.’
    • ‘It is aimed primarily at corporate clients, though individuals can still use the service.’
    • ‘To single out individuals for praise would be unfair as in my opinion they were all star quality.’
    • ‘But, at some point, each individual is still a human being and has to answer to his conscience.’
    • ‘Parties and individuals have until Tuesday to get their Westminster nominations in.’
    • ‘You can be yourself, and the basis of unity is that you are a human being and an individual.’
    • ‘A free market frees individuals to make distinct choices and independent decisions.’
    • ‘This example is extremely limited as I was speaking to a single individual.’
    • ‘There comes a time when you see them all as individuals rather than representing parties.’
    • ‘His essential argument is that humans, as individuals, are inherently capitalist.’
    • ‘Now we have a six-week period and there's going to be a lot pressure on bodies and individuals.’
    • ‘When you look deeply inside you will find that we are all individuals and human beings.’
    • ‘It will not affect the ability of individuals to import single copies for private use.’
    1. 1.1A single member of a class.
      ‘they live in a group or as individuals, depending on the species’
      • ‘Plants often fertilize themselves to at least some extent, so polyploid species can arise from a single individual.’
      • ‘With simple viability selection and random mating, the selection group is a single individual.’
      • ‘Most of the whales in the area during the hunt were large single individuals.’
      • ‘And the general body texture from one individual to another within the same species can also be quite different.’
      • ‘Increase in mass in real time is shown for one individual of each species in Figure 2.’
    2. 1.2informal [with adjective]A person of a specified kind.
      ‘the most selfish, egotistical individual I have ever met’
      • ‘No right-thinking individual can ever be persuaded that hatred and hostility is an answer to anything.’
      • ‘A very quiet individual, his gentlemanly manner endeared him to all who made his acquaintance.’
      • ‘No decent, rational individual would ever choose war over peace, he added.’
      • ‘Bad manners are the outward sign of a seriously selfish individual.’
      • ‘I've come to the conclusion that I am a selfish heartless individual.’
    3. 1.3A distinctive or original person.

Origin

Late Middle English (in the sense indivisible): from medieval Latin individualis, from Latin individuus, from in- not + dividuus divisible (from dividere to divide).

Pronunciation:

individual

/ˌindəˈvij(o͞o)əl/