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adjective individual pronunciation in British English /ˌɪndɪˈvɪdʒuəl/
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  1. 1
    [only before noun] existing or considered separately from other people or things
    Individual members of the cast contributed greatly to the show’s success.
    individual items of furniture
    1. a.
      [only before noun] relating to one person rather than a group
      Choose a savings account to match your individual needs.
      individual rights/freedom/liberty
    2. b.
      made or intended for one person
      The food was packaged in individual servings.
  2. 2
    unusual or different from anyone or anything else, usually in a way that you admire
    He has found a very individual poetic voice.
    The new shopping centre contains many highly individual gift shops.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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