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

Origin of localize

First recorded in 1785–95; local + -ize
Related formslo·cal·iz·a·ble, adjectivelo·cal·i·za·tion, nounlo·cal·iz·er, nounnon·lo·cal·iz·a·ble, adjectivenon·lo·cal·ized, adjectiveun·lo·cal·iz·a·ble, adjectiveun·lo·cal·ize, verb (used with object), un·lo·cal·ized, un·lo·cal·iz·ing.
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Examples from the Web for localised

Historical Examples

  • I thought the bullet might be in the left psoas, but it was not localised.

    Surgical Experiences in South Africa, 1899-1900

    George Henry Makins

  • When or how this Cymric myth was localised at Glastonbury we know not.

  • How, then, is this localised convulsive movement to be designated?

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

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

British Dictionary definitions for localised



  1. to make or become local in attitude, behaviour, etc
  2. (tr) to restrict or confine (something) to a particular area or part
  3. (tr) to assign or ascribe to a particular region
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Derived Formslocalizable or localisable, adjectivelocalization or localisation, nounlocalizer or localiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for localised



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

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