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

Related forms
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Examples from the Web for unlocalized

  • They are loose and unlocalized, having no special organ, or one which is internal and hidden within the body.

    The Sense of Beauty|George Santayana
  • What next I experienced was pain, unlocalized at first, yet somehow damnably concentrated: pure, white-hot essence of pain.

    The Book of Susan|Lee Wilson Dodd
  • Joan returned to consciousness with a sense of vague and unlocalized pain which she thought was that old, familiar pang of grief.

British Dictionary definitions for unlocalized




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 unlocalized



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

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