[ loh-kuh-lahyz ]
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verb (used with object),lo·cal·ized, lo·cal·iz·ing.
  1. to make local; fix in, or assign or restrict to, a particular place, locality, etc.

verb (used without object),lo·cal·ized, lo·cal·iz·ing.
  1. to gather, collect, or concentrate in one locality.

Origin of localize

First recorded in 1785–95; local + -ize
  • Also especially British, lo·cal·ise .

Other words from localize

  • lo·cal·iz·a·ble, adjective
  • lo·cal·i·za·tion, noun
  • lo·cal·iz·er, noun
  • non·lo·cal·iz·a·ble, adjective
  • non·lo·cal·ized, adjective
  • un·lo·cal·iz·a·ble, adjective
  • un·lo·cal·ize, verb (used with object), un·lo·cal·ized, un·lo·cal·iz·ing.

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How to use localize in a sentence

  • Specific forms of swearing were in a great measure localised in the ancient world.

  • Later on, the enchanted land was localised at Colchis, and Aeëtes and Perses were said to be brothers.

    Poisons: Their Effects and Detection | Alexander Wynter Blyth
  • Once more, the high gods of low savages are not localised, not confined to any temple or region.

  • 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
  • How the story came to be localised is not known, but in its last phase it had reached this form.

British Dictionary definitions for localize



/ (ˈləʊkəˌlaɪz) /

  1. to make or become local in attitude, behaviour, etc

  2. (tr) to restrict or confine (something) to a particular area or part

  1. (tr) to assign or ascribe to a particular region

Derived forms of localize

  • localizable or localisable, adjective
  • localization or localisation, noun
  • localizer or localiser, noun

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