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[loh-kuh-lahyz] /ˈloʊ kəˌlaɪz/
verb (used with object), localized, localizing.
to make local; fix in, or assign or restrict to, a particular place, locality, etc.
verb (used without object), localized, localizing.
to gather, collect, or concentrate in one locality.
Also, especially British, localise.
Origin of localize
First recorded in 1785-95; local + -ize
Related forms
localizable, adjective
localization, noun
localizer, noun
nonlocalizable, adjective
nonlocalized, adjective
unlocalizable, adjective
unlocalize, verb (used with object), unlocalized, unlocalizing. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for localised
Historical Examples
  • The organism is mixed with the pus in a state of great purity, and although it is localised its virulence is extreme.

    Louis Pasteur Ren Vallery-Radot
  • I thought the bullet might be in the left psoas, but it was not localised.

  • These Negrito-Papuans appear to be localised at a single spot on the island, at the mouth of the river Fly.

    The Races of Man Joseph Deniker
  • When or how this Cymric myth was localised at Glastonbury we know not.

  • The time was past when the effects of the vast disorganisation could be localised.

    The Secret of the League Ernest Bramah
  • How, then, is this localised convulsive movement to be designated?

  • The man who possesses a permanent address, and whose name is to be found in the Directory, is necessarily limited and localised.

    Reviews Oscar Wilde
  • The war will be localised,” said the Merchant vaguely; “at least every one hopes so.

  • A tumour or neoplasm is a localised swelling composed of newly formed tissue which fulfils no physiological function.

    Manual of Surgery Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
  • It might localise you, and I don't want to have you localised.

    The Far Horizon Lucas Malet
British Dictionary definitions for localised


to make or become local in attitude, behaviour, etc
(transitive) to restrict or confine (something) to a particular area or part
(transitive) to assign or ascribe to a particular region
Derived Forms
localizable, localisable, adjective
localization, localisation, noun
localizer, localiser, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for localised



1792, from local + -ize. Related: Localized; localizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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