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Definition of individual adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

        

    individual

     adjective
    adjective
    BrE BrE//ˌɪndɪˈvɪdʒuəl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪndɪˈvɪdʒuəl//
     
     
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  1. 1  [only before noun] (often used after each) considered separately rather than as part of a group We interviewed each individual member of the community. The minister refused to comment on individual cases.
  2. 2  [only before noun] connected with one person; designed for one person respect for individual freedom an individual pizza
  3. 3(usually approving) typical of one particular person or thing in a way that is different from others synonym distinctive a highly individual style of dress
  4. Word Origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘indivisible’): from medieval Latin individualis, from Latin individuus, from in- ‘not’ + dividuus ‘divisible’ (from dividere ‘to divide’).Extra examples He brought no great sense of individual character to the music. His home is a chic but highly individual apartment near the river. Respect for individual freedom is a cornerstone of our culture. She was a dancer with a highly individual personality. The place has a strongly individual atmosphere. These quantities will make one family-size or four individual shepherd’s pies. They have the same brand of comedy but two completely individual styles. Try to measure in individual portions how much people will eat.
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