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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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 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. Lauran Neergaard, USA TODAY, "National Institutes of Health wants 1 million to share their DNA and their health habits for science," 1 May 2018 The film tries to make Mary Jo an equal participant in the story — more than just a victim or a mystery woman — and succeeds in individualizing her enough to underscore the horror of her death. A. O. Scott, New York Times, "Review: ‘Chappaquiddick’ Revisits a Grim ’60s Kennedy Scandal," 4 Apr. 2018 Wiretapping and electronic eavesdropping was highly individualized up until the 1980s. April White, Smithsonian, "A Brief History of Surveillance in America," 22 Mar. 2018 For an on-point example, look to Margot Robbie, who individualized a new romantic moment with characteristic aplomb. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Margot Robbie Rules the Red Carpet With This Romantic Hair Trend," 12 Jan. 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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