Individual definition

ĭndə-vĭjo͝o-əl
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Existing as a single, separate thing or being; single; separate; particular.
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Special; particular.

Each variety of melon has its individual flavor and texture.

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(obs.) Not divisible; not separable.
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A single organism as distinguished from a species, community, or group.
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Of, for, or by a single person or thing.
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Relating to or characteristic of a single person or thing.
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Serving to identify or set apart.
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A member of a collection or set; a specimen.
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A single human considered apart from a society or community.

The rights of the individual.

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The definition of an individual is a single person or thing.

An example of an individual is one rose.

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Individual is defined as single, separate or belonging to one person.

An example of individual used as an adjective is individual slices which means a whole pizza which has been cut up to be served to as single slices.

An example of individual used as an adjective is the phrase individual talents which means talents that belong to a specific person.

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By or for one person.

Individual work; an individual portion.

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Marked by or expressing individuality; distinctive or individualistic.

An individual way of dressing.

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Existing as a distinct entity; separate.

Individual drops of rain.

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A human regarded as a distinctive or unique personality.

Always treated her clients as individuals; felt he was quite an individual.

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Distinguished from others by special characteristics; of a unique or striking character.

An individual style.

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A single thing, being, or organism, esp., when regarded as a member of a class, species, group, etc.
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A person considered alone, rather than as belonging to a group of people.

He is an unusual individual.

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An object, be it a thing or an agent, as contrasted to a class.
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Relating to a single person or thing as opposed to more than one.

As we can't print them all together, the individual pages will have to be printed one by one.

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Intended for a single person as opposed to more than one person.

Individual personal pension; individual cream cakes.

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A person.
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(law) A single physical human being as a legal subject, as opposed to a legal person such as a corporation.
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Of or relating to an individual, especially a single human.

Individual consciousness.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
individual
Plural:
individuals

Origin of individual

  • Middle English single, indivisible from Old French from Medieval Latin indīviduālis from Latin indīviduus in- not in–1 dīviduus divisible (from dīvidere to divide)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Medieval Latin individualis, from Latin individuum (“an indivisible thing”), neuter of individuus (“indivisible, undivided”), from in + dividuus (“divisible”), from divido (“divide”).

    From Wiktionary