in·​di·​vid·​u·​al·​ize | \ ˌin-də-ˈvij-wə-ˌlīz, -ˈvi-jə-wə- How to pronounce individualize (audio) , -ˈvi-jə-ˌlīz \
individualized; individualizing

Definition of individualize

transitive verb

1 : to make individual in character
2 : to adapt to the needs or special circumstances of an individual individualize teaching according to student ability
3 : to treat or notice individually : particularize

Other Words from individualize

individualization \ ˌin-​də-​ˌvij-​wə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən , -​ˌvi-​jə-​wə-​ How to pronounce individualize (audio) , -​ˌvi-​jə-​lə-​ \ noun

Examples of individualize in a Sentence

The author uses different styles to individualize the characters. Teachers should individualize their lessons to address differences in their students.
Recent Examples on the Web Leveraging data to truly individualize the message is the present and the future. Lori Paikin, Forbes, 7 Dec. 2021 Lezak helped flesh out essentially a new discipline, innovating the protocols for assessing brain disorders and the best ways to individualize treatment. oregonlive, 2 Nov. 2021 Now students and learning guardians can truly individualize learning through the system information, the observations of teachers, and what students articulate about their understanding. Rod Berger, Forbes, 30 Sep. 2021 Armold had been part of the Rangers’ decision to more individualize pitching plans for pitchers. Evan Grant, Dallas News, 24 Sep. 2021 New skill moves have been incorporated to further individualize top players. Brian Mazique, Forbes, 29 Aug. 2021 Predictive Oncology's pipeline consists of proprietary AI to analyze the data from 150,000 tumors to help clinicians individualize cancer patient therapies and help pharma companies find new cancer therapies. Nick Williams, Star Tribune, 24 Apr. 2021 The number of students in kindergarten may be greater than usual, but for educators, the practice is the same: individualize instruction. NBC News, 20 June 2021 The valorization of people like Floyd, Gianna, and now Darnella with her Pulitzer prize as martyrs instead of victims of state violence acts only to individualize these tragedies. Hanna Phifer,, 15 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of individualize

1637, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Individualize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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transitive verb
in·​di·​vid·​u·​al·​ize | \ ˌin-də-ˈvij-(ə-)wə-ˌlīz, -ˈvij-ə-ˌlīz How to pronounce individualize (audio) \
variants: or British individualise
individualized or British individualised; individualizing or British individualising

Medical Definition of individualize

: to adapt to the needs or special circumstances of an individual individualize dosage for the most beneficial effect

Other Words from individualize

individualization or British individualisation \ -​ˌvij-​(ə-​)wə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən, -​ˌvij-​ə-​lə-​ How to pronounce individualize (audio) \ noun

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