individualize (v.) 1650s, "to point out individually;" see INDIVIDUAL (Cf. individual) + -IZE (Cf. -ize). From 1837 as "to make individual." Related: Individualized; individualizing.

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  • Individualize — In di*vid u*al*ize, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Individualized}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Individualizing}.] [Cf. F. individualiser.] To mark as an individual, or to distinguish from others by peculiar properties; to invest with individuality; to give… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • individualize — index call (title), characterize, define, detail (particularize), discriminate (distinguish) …   Law dictionary

  • individualize — (Amer.) ,in·di vid·u·al·ize || ‚ɪndɪ vɪdÊ’ÊŠÉ™laɪz v. make individual, cause to be distinctive; treat as separate or distinct (also individualise) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • individualize — [in΄də vij′o͞o əl īz΄] vt. individualized, individualizing 1. to make individual; mark as different from other persons or things 2. to suit to the use, taste, requirements, etc. of a particular individual 3. to consider individually;… …   English World dictionary

  • individualize — [[t]ɪ̱ndɪvɪ̱ʤʊlaɪz[/t]] individualizes, individualizing, individualized VERB To individualize a thing or person means to make them different from other things or people and to give them a recognizable identity. [FORMAL] [V n] Unless a document is …   English dictionary

  • individualize — UK [ˌɪndɪˈvɪdʒuəlaɪz] / US [ˌɪndɪˈvɪdʒuəˌlaɪz] verb [transitive] Word forms individualize : present tense I/you/we/they individualize he/she/it individualizes present participle individualizing past tense individualized past participle… …   English dictionary

  • individualize — transitive verb ( ized; izing) Date: 1637 1. to make individual in character 2. to treat or notice individually ; particularize 3. to adapt to the needs or special circumstances of an individual < individualize teaching according to student… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • individualize — in·di·vid·u·al·ize .in də vij (ə )wə .līz, vij ə .līz or Brit in·di·vid·u·al·ise vt, ized or Brit ised; iz·ing or Brit is·ing to adapt to the needs or special circumstances of an individual <individualize dosage for the most beneficial… …   Medical dictionary

  • individualize — individual ► ADJECTIVE 1) single; separate. 2) of or for one particular person. 3) striking or unusual; original. ► NOUN 1) a single human being or item as distinct from a group. 2) a distinctive or original person. DERIVATIVES …   English terms dictionary

  • individualize — individualization, n. individualizer, n. /in deuh vij ooh euh luyz /, v.t., individualized, individualizing. 1. to make individual or distinctive; give an individual or distinctive character to. 2. to mention, indicate, or consider individually;… …   Universalium

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