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

Definition of individualize

transitive verb

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 ability

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Other Words from individualize

individualization \ ˌin-​də-​ˌvij-​wə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce individualization (audio) , -​ˌvi-​jə-​wə-​ , -​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 The school was one of seven nationwide to win Fuel Education's Transformation Award, which recognizes schools that create innovative programs and individualize student learning. al, "Virtual school: Is the future of Alabama public education online?," 10 Oct. 2019 Valentino said Portland plans to equip middle school teachers with more intervention strategies and tools for individualizing instruction, both in reading and in math. oregonlive, "Oregon schools deliver worst test scores in 5 years," 19 Sep. 2019 As these dancers are notable and distinct performers, the decision to color code each, perhaps to further individualize them, proves needless. Robert Greskovic, WSJ, "A Company’s Classics Take the Stage," 17 June 2019 Ezoic’s platform does a better job delivering ads and content, Bishop said, individualizing the experience for different users. Brittany Meiling, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Carlsbad AI startup Ezoic gets $33M, plans to hire 40 more people," 9 Aug. 2019 Outside of the actual garments, Alex Mill’s website includes editorial content that highlights this idea of mixing-and-matching and individualizing the garments. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Do You Miss the Old J.Crew? This Revamped Label Might Be the Answer to Your Prayers," 19 Feb. 2019 Cooperation is coded into our mental software and is a big reason for our success as a species, yet modern Western culture is essentially a sustained effort to individualize us. Sean Illing, Vox, "Why humans evolved into such good bullshitters," 6 Dec. 2018 Such is the impetus of Bella Hadid’s most recent street style coup at Milan Fashion Week, which featured a straight-from-the-shows ensemble individualized by way of a masterful, skin-centric twist. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Bella Hadid Takes a Runway Look to the Street—And Gives a Lesson in the Extreme Ab Reveal," 21 Sep. 2018 But having Spotify’s algorithm shuffle in songs individualized for each user on playlists could be one way to keep the content fresh, as most playlists are updated by curators on a weekly basis. Dani Deahl, The Verge, "Spotify is testing personalized song recommendations in official playlists," 21 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of individualize

1637, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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20 Nov 2019

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“Individualize.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 6 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of individualize

: to make (something) different from other things
: to change (something) so that it fits each person's needs


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 individualisation (audio) \ noun

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