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

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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 Coaches can individualize action plans specific to the needs of each player, and it is then streamlined through the app, which allows athletes to train anywhere. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "U.S. soccer star Christian Pulisic says goal of reaching 2022 World Cup always on his mind," 5 Sep. 2020 Because the bulk of the virtual reality exhibit is centered on the crowds marching down Constitution Avenue and the National Mall, the team opted to individualize each scene. Lily Katzman, Smithsonian Magazine, "This Virtual Reality Exhibit Brings Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘I Have a Dream’ Speech to Life," 20 Feb. 2020 Similar, less common but more precise monitoring devices are also being used at clinics and hospitals to help health care providers individualize treatments for a range of conditions from cardiac care to stroke rehabilitation. Courtney Sexton, Smithsonian Magazine, "This Band-Aid-Like Patch Could Detect Early COVID-19 Symptoms," 14 July 2020 Also check out Camp Chef’s unique accessories for this stove including a griddle top, barbecue box, and dutch oven to even further individualize and elevate your cooking experience. Popular Science, "Camping stoves to elevate your outdoor eating," 21 Aug. 2019 For example, if a student gets a low score on a portion of a standardized test, the teacher might focus on that area of weakness to better meet the needs of that student through individualized or small group instruction. James D. Kirylo, The Conversation, "Skipping standardized tests in 2020 may offer a chance to find better alternatives," 6 May 2020 Patricia said the Lions' staff has individualized offseason strength and conditioning programs based on each player's locale and the equipment available. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "The blueprint that will help Detroit Lions excel whenever football resumes," 5 May 2020 By keeping his client base smaller than some other private trainers, Miller can better individualize his workout plans. Clark Karels, Indianapolis Star, "Notre Dame football players build bond during unexpected break," 22 Mar. 2020 The VentMI device allows doctors to individualize air flows to each connected person, through a regulator similar to that on a scuba diver's air tank. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "Amid COVID-19 crisis, U-M creates safer way to help multiple patients breathe on one ventilator," 4 May 2020

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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 21 Jan. 2021.

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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 individualize (audio) \ noun

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