individualize

verb
in·​di·​vid·​u·​al·​ize | \ ˌin-də-ˈvij-wə-ˌlīz , -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 , -​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.

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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 These mini dips from The Girl Who Ate Everything can be individualized for any party goer. Fox News, "11 crazy-delicious Super Bowl dips," 3 Feb. 2016 Now, the power of such tests to individualize treatment is clear. Marie Mccullough, Philly.com, "What the latest news on breast cancer, chemo and genomic testing could mean for you," 5 June 2018 Oncologists regularly individualize treatments to target a tumor’s unique genetic weaknesses. Matthew Tontonoz, Scientific American, "Up Close and Personal," 15 May 2018 Learning enough to individualize care requires studying a massive number of participants: The healthy and not-so-healthy, young and old, rural and urban, blue-collar and white-collar — and people of all races and ethnicities. Washington Post, "US wants 1 million to share DNA, health habits for science," 1 May 2018 Learning enough to individualize care requires studying a massive number of participants: The healthy and not-so-healthy, young and old, rural and urban, blue-collar and white-collar — and people of all races and ethnicities. NBC News, "Federal government wants 1 million people for giant health study," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of individualize

1637, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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individualize

verb

English Language Learners Definition of individualize

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

individualize

transitive verb
in·​di·​vid·​u·​al·​ize | \ ˌin-də-ˈvij-(ə-)wə-ˌlīz, -ˈvij-ə-ˌlīz \
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-​ \ noun

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