individual

The word individual is all about being a single entity that cannot be divided. It can mean person or even personal. A team is made up of individuals, and each individual has individual strengths and weaknesses.

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
  1. adjective
    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
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    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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  2. adjective
    characteristic of or meant for a single person or thing
    “an individual serving”
    synonyms: single
    unshared
    not shared
  3. adjective
    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
  4. adjective
    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
  5. noun
    a human being
    synonyms: mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul
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    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
  6. noun
    a single organism
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    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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