[ loh-kuh-lahyz ]
/ ˈloʊ kəˌlaɪz /

verb (used with object), lo·cal·ized, lo·cal·iz·ing.

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.

to gather, collect, or concentrate in one locality.

Nearby words

  1. localist,
  2. localite,
  3. localitis,
  4. locality,
  5. localization,
  6. localized,
  7. localized nodular tenosynovitis,
  8. localized scleroderma,
  9. localizing symptom,
  10. locally

Also especially British, lo·cal·ise.

Origin of localize

First recorded in 1785–95; local + -ize

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British Dictionary definitions for localized



/ (ˈləʊkəˌlaɪz) /


to make or become local in attitude, behaviour, etc
(tr) to restrict or confine (something) to a particular area or part
(tr) to assign or ascribe to a particular region
Derived Formslocalizable or localisable, adjectivelocalization or localisation, nounlocalizer or localiser, noun

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Word Origin and History for localized



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

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Medicine definitions for localized


[ lōkə-līzd′ ]


Restricted or limited to a specific part.

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