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Definition of individual noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a person considered separately rather than as part of a group The competition is open to both teams and individuals. Treatment depends on the individual involved. donations from private individuals (= ordinary people rather than companies, etc.) The school's reputation was ruined by the bad behavior of a few individuals. the rights of the individual
  2. 2a person who is original and very different from others She's grown into quite an individual.
  3. 3(informal) (usually disapproving) a person of a particular type, especially a strange one an odd-looking individual This is the same individual who's been hanging out on the corner lately.
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