Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “individual”

See all translations

individual

noun [C] uk   /ˌɪn.dɪˈvɪd.ju.əl/ us  

individual noun [C] (SINGLE)

B2 a single person or thing, especially when compared to the group or set to which they belong: Every individual has rights which must never be taken away. Like many creative individuals, she can be very bad-tempered. We try to treat our students as individuals.
More examples

individual noun [C] (DIFFERENT)

C2 a person who thinks or behaves in their own original way: If nothing else, the school will turn her into an individual.

individual

adjective uk   /ˌɪn.dɪˈvɪd.ju.əl/ us  

individual adjective (SINGLE)

B1 [before noun] existing and considered separately from the other things or people in a group: Each individual table is finished by hand.B1 [before noun] given to or relating to a single, separate person or thing: We deal with each case on an individual basis.
More examples

individual adjective (DIFFERENT)

belonging or relating to, or suitable for, people or things that are different or particular in some way: children with individual needs Marion has a very individual writing style.
(Definition of individual from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of individual?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “individual” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

ellipsis

a situation in which words are left out of a sentence but the sentence can still be understood

Word of the Day

Euphemisms (Words used to Avoid Offending People)

by Kate Woodford,
March 04, 2015
​​​ We recently looked at the language that we use to describe lies and lying. One area of lying that we considered was ‘being slightly dishonest, or not speaking the complete truth’. One reason for not speaking the complete truth is to avoid saying something that might upset or offend people. Words and

Read More 

snapchat verb

March 02, 2015
to send someone a message using the photomessaging application Snapchat We used to have a thing until he got a girlfriend. now

Read More