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"individual" in British English

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individualnoun [C]

uk   /ˌɪn.dɪˈvɪdʒ.u.əl/ us   /ˌɪn.dəˈvɪdʒ.u.əl/
  • 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.

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individualadjective

uk   /ˌɪn.dɪˈvɪdʒ.u.əl/ us   /ˌɪn.dəˈvɪdʒ.u.əl/
  • 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.

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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 single person 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 people happy.
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   /ˌɪndɪˈvɪdʒuəl/ us  
considered separately from the other things in a group: In some individual cases, travel and related payments constitute gifts. We deal with each case on an individual basis. We represent businesses, not an individual business. Lumping all the brands together could weaken the individual brand identities.
relating to a single, separate person: Do you require family or individual health insurance? 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   /ˌɪndɪˈvɪdʒuəl/ us  
a single person, especially when compared to the group or set to which they belong: The new tax would be calculated on the value of property owned by an individual.
(Definition of individual from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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