: to form into a distinct entity
Recent Examples on the Web The vestiges of paper labels with the names of the dead, the etching of the copper, and the intensely hued colors of the blooming minerals combine to individuate the canisters. —Rebecca Horne, Discover Magazine, 2 Mar. 2010 But at varying points, each tries to individuate themselves from their father, and much of the suspense lies in how Rupert schemes to draw them back under his influence. —Inkoo Kang, Washington Post, 23 Sep. 2022 This will be the first of many local calls to individuate the most talented artists in specific regions of the world and give them the opportunity to emerge and work within the Condé Nast Global Network. —Alessia Glaviano, Vogue, 7 Apr. 2022 The first pieces in this collection are quiet stories of girls individuating within the family or at school. —Heidi Pitlor, New York Times, 21 Apr. 2020 The impulse to individuate wild animals by name — to transform camera subjects into characters — is understandable enough in the context of a kid-friendly entertainment. —Los Angeles Times, 1 Apr. 2020 The rivalry between God and Satan, each attended by a court of named and individuated angels, is first configured in these texts as a struggle between absolute good and evil. —James Romm, WSJ, 22 Dec. 2017 Olive's struggle to do what her age requires her to do — individuate from her dad while honoring her own needs and convictions — comes to a head in a heartbreaking denouement. —Meredith Maran, chicagotribune.com, 10 July 2017 See More
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