individuate

verb
in·​di·​vid·​u·​ate | \ ˌin-də-ˈvi-jə-ˌwāt How to pronounce individuate (audio) \
individuated; individuating

Definition of individuate

transitive verb

1 : to give individuality to
2 : to form into a distinct entity

Examples of individuate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The first pieces in this collection are quiet stories of girls individuating within the family or at school. Heidi Pitlor, New York Times, "In a New Collection of Old Stories, Madeleine L’Engle Is Back," 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, "Review: Disneynature doc ‘Elephant’ is gorgeous if much too obvious (tusk, tusk)," 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, "Review: In Search of the ‘Crucible of Faith’," 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, "Janelle Brown novel: Mom goes missing — and that's just the start," 10 July 2017

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First Known Use of individuate

1614, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Individuate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/individuate. Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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