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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.
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(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.
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Adv.1.individually - apart from others; "taken individually, the rooms were, in fact, square"; "the fine points are treated singly"
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adverb separately, independently, singly, one by one, one at a time, severally cheeses which come in individually wrapped segments
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As a separate unit:
Idioms: one at a time, one by one.
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[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
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[ˌɪndɪˈvɪdʒuəli] adv
(= separately) → individuellement
[wrapped, designed, numbered, tailored] → individuellement
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advindividuell; (= separately) numbered, wrappedeinzeln; individually styled suitModellanzug m; to be individually responsible for somethingpersönlich für etw verantwortlich sein
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[ˌɪndɪˈvɪdjʊəlɪ] advsingolarmente, uno/a per uno/a
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(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.
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References in classic literature ?
"Behold," said the Old Man, "the advantage of unity; as long as these sticks are in alliance they are invincible, but observe how feeble they are individually."
"Oh, nothing - nothing at all for myself individually," replied the Donkey; "but his country's welfare should be a patriot's supreme care.
And this we may truly affirm to be a great proof that a man is just, not willingly or because he thinks that justice is any good to him individually, but of necessity, for wherever any one thinks that he can safely be unjust, there he is unjust.
This is not a matter of myself individually; the question of the public welfare comes into it.
Of the lady, individually, Emma thought very little.
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."
Descended from generations victimised by the instruments of an arbitrary power, he was racially, nationally, and individually afraid of the police.
At every vote (the Jurymen voted aloud and individually), the populace set up a shout of applause.
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.
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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