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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 localize
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  • They vindicate, as they localize, the sincerity of Hillford.

    Sandra Belloni, Complete George Meredith
  • This was a rebuff to those who endeavoured to localize the illocatable.

  • And the only way in which you can localize them again is to expand your areas to their new scale.

    Mankind in the Making H. G. Wells
  • Then began efforts on the part of Great Britain to localize the war.

    America's War for Humanity Thomas Herbert Russell
  • It seemed to him that he had seen her before, but he was unable to localize her face.

    Roderick Hudson Henry James
  • This would naturally give rise to a tradition, or would lead the people to revive some familiar tradition and localize it.

    The Prehistoric World E. A. Allen
  • She lay perfectly still for several moments, trying to localize the sensation more definitely.

    The Dragon's Secret Augusta Huiell Seaman
  • In the meantime we had endeavored to localize the conflict by most emphatic steps.

    Why We Are At War (2nd Edition, revised)

    Members of the Oxford Faculty of Modern History
  • Our desire to localize the conflict and to preserve the peace of Europe remains unchanged.

    Why We Are At War (2nd Edition, revised)

    Members of the Oxford Faculty of Modern History
British Dictionary definitions for localize


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
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Word Origin and History for localize

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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