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In dih vI ju l
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: single, distinct, or separate.
Use commas to separate individual items in a series.These crimes are individual acts and are unrelated to each other.
distinct, lone, peculiar, separate, single, sole, solitary
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alone, independent, isolated, particular, several
definition 2: pertaining to one person.
These students will be honored for their individual achievements as well as for their work on this project as a team.
particular, personal, single, specific
collective, common, communal, concerted, popular
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alone, characteristic, inherent, intrinsic, private
definition 3: different from the norm; untypical; unique.
She has an individual way of solving problems.He certainly has an individual point of view.
different, distinct, original, singular, special, uncommon, unique, unusual
common, general
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alone, distinctive, distinguished, especial, exceptional, extraordinary, peculiar, rare, select, unconventional
Word Combinations  About this feature
(adj.)individual + noun account, achievement, athlete, atom, autonomy, basis, behavior, being, choice, citizen, component, conscience, contribution, counseling, creativity, difference, freedom, group, initiative, investor, item, learning, level, liberty, medley, member, molecule, need, performance, personality, preference, responsibility, retirement, right, self, serving, session, variable, variation  [See all][See only the most frequent]
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a single human being; person.
Every individual has his or her own hopes and desires.The crime was witnessed by several individuals.
human, mortal, party, person, soul
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being, creature, entity, one, personage, somebody
definition 2: a single person as distinguished from a group.
We try to treat students as individuals in this school.
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adjective + (n.)individual chronic, collective, creative, disabled, diverse, elderly, genetic, gifted, given, ill, impaired, particular, private, qualified, specific, talented, unique, wealthy
verb + (n.)individual cope, differ, enable, exhibit, identify, influence, motivate, perceive, possess, target, vary
(n.)individual + verb engage, experience, participate
noun + (n.)individual Help characteristic, corporation, disability, identity, impairment, motivation, perception, self-esteem, well-being
Word History
Individual comes from individuus, a Latin word that means "indivisible (not able to be divided)."
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Word Parts  About this feature
The word individual contains the following parts:
in-2 Latin prefix that means not, without
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The prefix in-2 occurs in Latin loanwords and attaches to Latinate bases. The bases of most words prefixed with in-2 are independent adjectives (inadvertent , incognizant ), although the base adjective may no longer be in widespread use (as with incessant ). Exceptions include iniquitous and indignant . -in2 has multiple forms, as the 'n' sound in in-2 assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See the assimilated forms ig-, il-2, im-2, and ir-2.
divid, divis Latin root that means divide
-al2, -ial, -ual Latin adjective-forming suffix that means pertaining to
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The suffix -al2, -ial attaches primarily to nouns (national , environmental ) but sometimes to Latin or Greek roots (final , capital , comical ) to form adjectives. See also -ar1.