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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 localization

Historical Examples

  • The localization of the recalled and recognized impression is also important.

    Your Mind and How to Use It

    William Walker Atkinson

  • They mutually interrogate regarding the localization of a missing pen.

  • It is not clear why the localization of this important scene was not given spontaneously.

    Seven Mohave Myths

    A. L. Kroeber

  • If we have any sense, we have got to have localization of brain.


    Robert G. Ingersoll

  • Boleti do not differ much from Agaricini in their localization.

    Fungi: Their Nature and Uses

    Mordecai Cubitt Cooke

British Dictionary definitions for localization



  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 localization


1811, noun of action from localize.

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

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

localization in Medicine


  1. Limitation to a specific area.
  2. The reference of a sensation to its point of origin.
  3. The determination of the location of a pathological process.
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