I am wondering what is difference between these two words. My dictionary says that they both stands for the same thing. Is that true? I do not think so. Please can you explain me usage of both of these words? Thank you a lot.
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Standalone (more often stand-alone) means, according to the OED
stand-alone, adj, computing: designating a part of a computer system that can be used independently.
This is the only listed definition, which is strange. I have heard it use outside of the context of computing.
stand-alone, adj, operating, functioning, or existing without additions or assistance; independent; able to be separate or separated.
Individual on the other hand means something else. Common usages include, per the OED,
3.a of, relating to, or characteristic of a single person, organism, or thing.
4.a existing as a separate indivisible entity; numerically one; single.
5 distinguished in nature or attributes from others; having a striking or unusual character; distinctive.
It is concerning that your dictionary gave them as synonyms. These definitions make the difference between the words fairly explicit. I cannot imagine a case in which they could be used interchangeably.