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Meaning of “individual” in the English Dictionary

"individual" in British English

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individualnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˌɪn.dɪˈvɪd.ju.əl/
  • individual noun [C] (SINGLE)

B2 a ​singleperson 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 ​treatourstudents as individuals.

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individualadjective

uk   us   /ˌɪn.dɪˈvɪd.ju.əl/
  • individual adjective (SINGLE)

B1 [before noun] existing and ​consideredseparately 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, ​separateperson or thing: We ​deal with each ​case on an individual ​basis.

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(Definition of individual from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"individual" in American English

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individualnoun [C]

 us   /ˌɪn·dəˈvɪdʒ·u·əl/
a ​singleperson or thing, esp. when ​compared to the ​group or set to which it ​belongs: We will ​remember him as an individual who always ​tried to make ​peoplehappy.
individual
adjective [not gradable]  us   /ˌɪn·dəˈvɪdʒ·u·əl/
Every ​company has ​its own individual ​style.
individually
adverb [not gradable]  us   /ˌɪn·dəˈvɪdʒ·u·ə·li/
The ​children will first ​sing individually and then as a ​group.
(Definition of individual from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"individual" in Business English

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individualadjective [before noun]

uk   us   /ˌɪndɪˈvɪdʒuəl/
considered separately from the other things in a ​group: In some individual ​cases, ​travel and ​relatedpaymentsconstitutegifts. We ​deal with each ​case on an individual ​basis. We ​representbusinesses, not an individual ​business. Lumping all the ​brands together could ​weaken the individual ​brandidentities.
relating to a ​single, ​separateperson: Do you ​require family or individual ​healthinsurance? It is up to the individual ​investor to decide where they are going to ​invest.
individually
adverb
Each employee's ​claim will be considered individually.

individualnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˌɪndɪˈvɪdʒuəl/
a ​singleperson, especially when compared to the ​group or set to which they belong: The new ​tax would be ​calculated on the ​value of ​propertyowned by an individual.
(Definition of individual from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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