pertaining to or characterized by place or position in space; spatial.
pertaining to, characteristic of, or restricted to a particular place or particular places: a local custom.
pertaining to a city, town, or small district rather than an entire state or country: local transportation.
stopping at most or all stations: a local train.
pertaining to or affecting a particular part or particular parts, as of a physical system or organism: a local disease.
Medicine/Medical. (of anesthesia or an anesthetic) affecting only a particular part or area of the body, without concomitant loss of consciousness, as distinguished from general anesthesia.
a local train, bus, etc.
a newspaper item of local interest.
a local branch of a union, fraternity, etc.
a local anesthetic.
a local person or resident: primarily of interest to locals.
a local athletic team: the locals versus the state champions.
British Informal. a neighborhood pub.
Informal. to travel by or take a local train or the like.
- lo·cal·ness, noun
- in·ter·lo·cal, adjective
- in·ter·lo·cal·ly, adverb
- non·lo·cal, adjective, noun
- non·lo·cal·ly, adverb
- su·per·lo·cal, adjective
- su·per·lo·cal·ly, adverb
- un·lo·cal, adjective
- un·lo·cal·ly, adverb
Other definitions for lo-cal (2 of 2)
an informal, simplified spelling of low-cal.
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How to use local in a sentence
It’s the kind of solution that companies might need as local, state and national governments tighten emissions regulations.ClearFlame Engine Technologies takes aim at cleaning up diesel engines | Kirsten Korosec | September 17, 2020 | TechCrunch
Chan explains that even though you’re seeing more challenges to building a truly global company these days, there’s more space for local startups to win big.With Goat Capital, Justin Kan and Robin Chan want to keep founding alongside the right teams | Eric Eldon | September 17, 2020 | TechCrunch
In other markets, Spotify and Apple Music have relied on their deep pockets to compete against local challengers.The Biggest Challenge for Apple and Spotify in North Africa: YouTube | Eromo Egbejule | September 17, 2020 | Ozy
The Problem Solvers Caucus proposal would provide another $1,200 stimulus check, $450 in weekly enhanced unemployment benefits, and $500 billion for state and local government funding.Trump warms to ‘Problem Solvers’ stimulus bill—including $1,200 checks and $450 weekly unemployment benefits | Lance Lambert | September 17, 2020 | Fortune
If you have a question or need a replacement ballot, call your local election office.ProPublica’s Pandemic Guide to Making Sure Your Vote Counts | by Susie Armitage | September 16, 2020 | ProPublica
The young men were at one point, according to eyewitnesses, apprehended by local police officers.Why Mexicans Are Enraged by Obama’s Big Tuesday Meeting | Ruben Navarrette Jr. | January 6, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Lennon casually told some DC friends about it and found there was local interest in establishing Dinner Parties.
The U.S. campaign against ISIS leans on two pillars: conducting airstrikes, and beefing up local forces.Pentagon Insider on New Plan to Fight ISIS: ‘Of Course It’s Not Enough’ | Nancy A. Youssef | January 6, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Although he brings a Western spin to things, he seems equally inspired by the local sense of style.The Photographer Who Gave Up Manhattan for Marrakech | Liza Foreman | January 6, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Speaking to a local radio station today Antonella Ramelli said the video gives her hope.Jihadis Release New Year’s Eve Video of Italian Female Hostages | Jamie Dettmer, Barbie Latza Nadeau | January 2, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
A flightless, juvenal female was obtained by local boys at Pisté on July 21.Summer Birds From the Yucatan Peninsula | Erwin E. Klaas
On his arrival at the local railway station he was met by his lordship in person.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3) | Charles James Wills
His sister, who became Countess in her own right, was married to a local manufacturer, William Humphrys.Showell's Dictionary of Birmingham | Thomas T. Harman and Walter Showell
This of course must be laid to the credit of the local supporters of "the noble art of self-defence," the Brummagem bruisers.Showell's Dictionary of Birmingham | Thomas T. Harman and Walter Showell
No more admirable illustration can be found of the truth that the essence of defence lies in a vigorous local offence.Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
British Dictionary definitions for local
characteristic of or associated with a particular locality or area
of, concerned with, or relating to a particular place or point in space
a train, bus, etc, that stops at all stations or stops
an inhabitant of a specified locality
British informal a pub close to one's home or place of work
med short for local anaesthetic
US and Canadian an item of local interest in a newspaper
US and Canadian a local or regional branch of an association
Canadian a telephone extension
- localness, noun
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