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a. Of or relating to an individual, especially a single human: individual consciousness.
b. By or for one person: individual work; an individual portion.
2. Existing as a distinct entity; separate: individual drops of rain.
a. Marked by or expressing individuality; distinctive or individualistic: an individual way of dressing.
b. Special; particular: Each variety of melon has its individual flavor and texture.
c. Serving to identify or set apart: "There was nothing individual about him except a deep scar ... across his right cheek" (Rebecca West).
a. A single human considered apart from a society or community: the rights of the individual.
b. A human regarded as a distinctive or unique personality: always treated her clients as individuals; felt he was quite an individual.
2. A single organism as distinguished from a species, community, or group.
3. A member of a collection or set; a specimen.

[Middle English, single, indivisible, from Old French, from Medieval Latin indīviduālis, from Latin indīviduus : in-, not; see in-1 + dīviduus, divisible (from dīvidere, to divide).]

in′di·vid′u·al·ly adv.


(ˌɪn dəˈvɪdʒ u ə li)

1. one at a time; separately.
2. personally: Each of us is individually responsible.
3. in an individual or personally unique manner.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.individually - apart from others; "taken individually, the rooms were, in fact, square"; "the fine points are treated singly"


adverb separately, independently, singly, one by one, one at a time, severally cheeses which come in individually wrapped segments


As a separate unit:
Idioms: one at a time, one by one.
hver fyrir sig
ayrı ayrıteker teker


[ˌɪndɪˈvɪdjʊəlɪ] ADV
1. (= separately) → por separado
they're all right individually, but not together (of people) → por separado son simpáticos, pero no cuando están juntos
we do not sell the volumes individuallyno vendemos los tomos sueltos or por separado
2. (= for each individual) meals are individually preparedlas comidas se preparan especialmente para cada individuo
an individually designed exercise programmeun programa de ejercicios diseñado según las necesidades de cada individuo


[ˌɪndɪˈvɪdʒuəli] adv
(= separately) → individuellement
[wrapped, designed, numbered, tailored] → individuellement


advindividuell; (= separately) numbered, wrappedeinzeln; individually styled suitModellanzug m; to be individually responsible for somethingpersönlich für etw verantwortlich sein


[ˌɪndɪˈvɪdjʊəlɪ] advsingolarmente, uno/a per uno/a


(indiˈvidjuəl) adjective
1. single; separate. Put price labels on each individual item.
2. intended for, used by etc one person etc. Customers in shops should be given individual attention.
3. special to one person etc, showing or having special qualities. Her style of dress is very individual.
1. a single person in contrast to the group to which he belongs. the rights of the individual in society.
2. a person. He's an untidy individual.
ˈindiˌviduˈality (-ˈӕ-) noun
the qualities that distinguish one person etc from others.
ˌindiˈvidually adverb
each separately. I'll deal with each question individually.
References in classic literature ?
Seen from the Pequod's deck, then, as she would rise on a high hill of the sea, this host of vapory spouts, individually curling up into the air, and beheld through a blending atmosphere of bluish haze, showed like the thousand cheerful chimneys of some dense metropolis, descried of a balmy autumnal morning, by some horseman on a height.
On the shores of Africa I see a republic,--a republic formed of picked men, who, by energy and self-educating force, have, in many cases, individually, raised themselves above a condition of slavery.
Of the lady, individually, Emma thought very little.
Mr and Mrs Fezziwig took their stations, one on either side of the door, and shaking hands with every person individually as he or she went out, wished him or her a Merry Christmas.
Having intimated their more pacific purpose, the champions retreated to the extremity of the lists, where they remained drawn up in a line; while the challengers, sallying each from his pavilion, mounted their horses, and, headed by Brian de Bois-Guilbert, descended from the platform, and opposed themselves individually to the knights who had touched their respective shields.
Perceiving further, that in order to understand these relations I should sometimes have to consider them one by one and sometimes only to bear them in mind, or embrace them in the aggregate, I thought that, in order the better to consider them individually, I should view them as subsisting between straight lines, than which I could find no objects more simple, or capable of being more distinctly represented to my imagination and senses; and on the other hand, that in order to retain them in the memory or embrace an aggregate of many, I should express them by certain characters the briefest possible.
When I say that I am given to you by God, the proof of my mission is this:--if I had been like other men, I should not have neglected all my own concerns or patiently seen the neglect of them during all these years, and have been doing yours, coming to you individually like a father or elder brother, exhorting you to regard virtue; such conduct, I say, would be unlike human nature.
If we add to this, that as the members vote by States, and that where there is only a single member present from a State, his vote is lost, it will justify a supposition that the active voices in the Senate, where the members are to vote individually, would rarely fall short in number of the active voices in the existing Congress.
That they were individually interested in the public liberty and prosperity, and therefore that it was not less their inclination than their duty to recommend only such measures as, after the most mature deliberation, they really thought prudent and advisable.
They will depend merely on the majority of votes in the federal legislature, and consequently each vote, whether proceeding from a larger or smaller State, or a State more or less wealthy or powerful, will have an equal weight and efficacy: in the same manner as the votes individually given in a State legislature, by the representatives of unequal counties or other districts, have each a precise equality of value and effect; or if there be any difference in the case, it proceeds from the difference in the personal character of the individual representative, rather than from any regard to the extent of the district from which he comes.
The wounds seem such as might be made by a rat or a small dog, and although of not much importance individually, would tend to show that whatever animal inflicts them has a system or method of its own.
There were few people on whose secrecy she would have more confidently depended; but, at the same time, there was no one whose knowledge of a sister's frailty would have mortified her so much-- not, however, from any fear of disadvantage from it individually to herself, for, at any rate, there seemed a gulf impassable between them.

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