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individuate

[in-duh-vij-oo-eyt] /ˌɪn dəˈvɪdʒ uˌeɪt/
verb (used with object), individuated, individuating.
1.
to form into an individual or distinct entity.
2.
to give an individual or distinctive character to; individualize.
verb (used without object), individuated, individuating.
3.
to make distinctions:
to individuate among one's students.
4.
to become individualized or distinctive:
With maturity, the artist individuated.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; < Medieval Latin indīviduātus past participle of indīviduāre to make individual. See individual, -ate1
Related forms
individuator, noun
unindividuated, adjective
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  • But in advanced piano, the fingers individuate in far more complex ways.
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British Dictionary definitions for individuate

individuate

/ˌɪndɪˈvɪdjʊˌeɪt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to give individuality or an individual form to
2.
to distinguish from others of the same species or group; individualize
Derived Forms
individuator, noun
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Word Origin and History for individuate
v.

1610s, from Medieval Latin individuatus, past participle of individuare, from Latin individuus (see individual). Related: Individuated; individuating.

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