individual

The word individual is all about being a single entity that cannot be divided. It can mean person or even personal. An army is made up of individual soldiers, each individual there for his own individual reasons, but serving a common goal.

Sometimes individual is a way of referring to a person, quasi-formally. You might elevate the phrase "This guy walks into my shop," by saying, "This individual walks into my shop." You might also hear this word when talking about things that are divided: foods designed for lunchboxes, such as potato chips or juice boxes, are often prepackaged into individual servings.

DEFINITIONS OF: individual

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adj being or characteristic of a single thing or person

individual drops of rain”
“please mark the individual pages”
“they went their individual ways”
Synonyms:
single
idiosyncratic
peculiar to the individual
individualist, individualistic
marked by or expressing individuality
man-to-man, one-on-one
being a system of play in which an individual defensive player guards an individual offensive player
respective, several, various
considered individually
singular
being a single and separate person or thing
separate
independent; not united or joint
Antonyms:
common
belonging to or participated in by a community as a whole; public
communal
for or by a group rather than individuals
public
affecting the people or community as a whole
joint
united or combined
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adj characteristic of or meant for a single person or thing

“an individual serving”
Synonyms:
single
unshared
not shared

adj concerning one person exclusively

“we all have individual cars”
Synonyms:
private
personal
concerning or affecting a particular person or his or her private life and personality

adj separate and distinct from others of the same kind

“mark the individual pages”
Synonyms:
case-by-case, item-by-item
independent
free from external control and constraint

n a human being

Synonyms:
mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul
Type of:
being, organism
a living thing that has (or can develop) the ability to act or function independently
causal agency, causal agent, cause
any entity that produces an effect or is responsible for events or results

n a single organism

Types:
head
an individual person
Type of:
being, organism
a living thing that has (or can develop) the ability to act or function independently
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