verb lo·cal·ize \ˈlō-kə-ˌlīz\

: to keep (something) within a limited area : to prevent the spread of (something)

: to find or identify the location of (something)


Full Definition of LOCALIZE

transitive verb
:  to make local :  orient locally
:  to assign to or keep within a definite locality
intransitive verb
:  to accumulate in or be restricted to a specific or limited area <an infection that localizes in the ear>
lo·cal·iz·abil·i·ty \ˌlō-kə-ˌlī-zə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
lo·cal·iz·able \ˈlō-kə-ˌlī-zə-bəl\ adjective
lo·cal·i·za·tion \ˌlō-kə-lə-ˈzā-shən\ noun

Examples of LOCALIZE

  1. Doctors are trying to localize the infection by using antibiotics.
  2. The computer technician was able to localize the fault quickly.

First Known Use of LOCALIZE

LOCALIZABLE Defined for Kids


verb lo·cal·ize \ˈlō-kə-ˌlīz\

Definition of LOCALIZE for Kids

:  to keep or be kept in a certain area <Firefighters localized the fire.>
Medical Dictionary


verb lo·cal·ize
lo·cal·ized also British lo·cal·isedlo·cal·iz·ing also British lo·cal·is·ing

Medical Definition of LOCALIZE

transitive verb
:  to make local; especially :  to fix in or confine to a definite place or part <hot applications helped to localize the infection>
intransitive verb
:  to accumulate in or be restricted to a specific or limited area <this parasite localizes and grows in the muscle—Morris Fishbein>

Variants of LOCALIZE

lo·cal·ize also British lo·cal·ise \ˈlō-kə-ˌlīz\


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