local

adjective
lo·​cal | \ ˈlō-kəl How to pronounce local (audio) \

Definition of local

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : characterized by or relating to position in space : having a definite spatial form or location
2a : of, relating to, or characteristic of a particular place : not general or widespread
b : of, relating to, or applicable to part of a whole
3a : primarily serving the needs of a particular limited district
b of a public conveyance : making all the stops on a route
4 : involving or affecting only a restricted part of the organism : topical a local anesthetic
5 : of or relating to telephone communication within a specified area

local

noun

Definition of local (Entry 2 of 2)

: a local person or thing: such as
a : a local public conveyance (such as a train or an elevator)
b : a local or particular branch, lodge, or chapter of an organization (such as a labor union)
c British : a nearby or neighborhood pub

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Synonyms for local

Synonyms: Noun

affiliate, branch, cell, chapter, council

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Examples of local in a Sentence

Adjective

We had dinner at a local restaurant. The police have arrested a local man for the crime. This is a local shop for local people: we don't get many outsiders here. She took the local bus.

Noun

He's the president of the union local at the factory. the truck drivers are members of Local 349 of the Teamsters' Union
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Their complex business plans and frontier technologies require the know-how developed and dispersed through these local networks. The Economist, "How compatible are democracy and capitalism?," 11 June 2019 Before Pennsylvania's attorney general got involved, cases against predator priests were largely the purview of local police and prosecutors, or private attorneys bringing lawsuits and civil claims. Juliet Linderman, Fox News, "Bishops meeting on sex abuse clouded by state investigations," 11 June 2019 Separately, Cullerton has been the subject of subpoenas from federal investigators seeking records related to an ongoing criminal investigation of Teamsters boss John Coli Sr., who allegedly extorted $100,000 in cash from a local business. Jason Grotto, ProPublica, "Illinois Video Gambling Tax Hike Will Be Decided by Lawmakers With Financial Ties to the Industry," 10 June 2019 Support strong local journalism by subscribing today: https://subscribe.courier-journal.com. Benjamin Tobin, The Courier-Journal, "Brown-Forman to acquire The 86 Company, add gin to portfolio," 10 June 2019 Direct monitoring will always be your best bet, as wind strength varies significantly depending on local terrain. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "How To Live Off the Grid," 10 June 2019 The city also enlisted local businesses, such as financial institutions and drugstores, so cardholders could open bank accounts and pick up prescriptions. Adam Edelman, NBC News, "Buttigieg's big accomplishment that he never mentions on the campaign trail," 8 June 2019 BizCom is a luncheon hosted by the Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce that connects the community with updates from the school district and local businesses. Kaila Contreras, Houston Chronicle, "Secure Watch gives law enforcement direct access to security cams," 7 June 2019 The discussion centered on empowering communities by encouraging people to spend their dollars at local businesses. Rebekah Tuchscherer, USA TODAY, "Jack Dorsey, Killer Mike talk entrepreneurship, supporting local businesses," 6 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The bill has set off widespread fears that allowing criminal suspects to be sent to mainland China would accelerate Beijing’s growing influence over Hong Kong and leave locals subject to the whims of the Chinese authorities. Austin Ramzy, New York Times, "Hong Kong Leader, Carrie Lam, Says She Won’t Back Down on Extradition Bill," 10 June 2019 Harbor Homes now supports 12 centers, all of which offer peer recovery coaching and phone support for people with substance use disorders; beyond that, each outpost is free to offer whatever services locals want. Livia Gershon, Longreads, "Peers in Healing," 10 June 2019 Not so long ago, locals knew summer had arrived when the first strains of music emanating from an old barracks-style building at the corner of Grand and Maple (now Tressel) streets signaled the start of another season at Berea Summer Theatre. Rich Heileman, cleveland.com, "Motorist, pedestrian caution urged at Berea intersection: Around The Town," 7 June 2019 According to the Guardian, locals hope Trump will visit the village of Doonbeg, an eight-mile round trip from his golf resort. Amy Gunia, Time, "The White House Paid an Irish Funeral Home $1 Million to Rent Limos for Trump's Visit, Report Says," 6 June 2019 That’s a lot of features in not a lot of time, and her summer show in Bethlehem offers locals a chance to see Willmann, who is so in-demand these days. Nick Vadala, https://www.inquirer.com, "Need a laugh? These comedians will give you all the giggles on stages in Philadelphia, Atlantic City and beyond," 5 June 2019 Schrager has a knack for turning his hotels into places that locals tend to love more than the overnighters do, but here, he’s done something remarkable. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "Currently Obsessed With: The Blade Runner Terrace at the Times Square Edition," 5 June 2019 Graffiti artist David Ross says his professional career path’s origin is not what locals would expect. Jeremy Deputat, Pomerado News, "Festival to honor famous graffiti artist with local roots," 5 June 2019 As the cultural zeal for beards caught on back home, Afghan tribal leaders were advising locals to avoid bearded troops and deal with the clean-shaven ones, who were empirically less likely to mistreat them. Adrian Bonenberger, The New Republic, "The Sum of All Beards," 4 June 2019

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First Known Use of local

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4

Noun

1591, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for local

Adjective

Middle English localle, from Late Latin localis, from Latin locus place — more at stall

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The first known use of local was in the 15th century

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local

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of local

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: relating to or occurring in a particular area, city, or town
: located or living nearby
of a bus or train : making all the stops on a route

local

noun

English Language Learners Definition of local (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person who lives in a particular area, city, or town : a local person
: a train or bus that makes all of the stops along its route
US : a local part of a labor union

local

adjective
lo·​cal | \ ˈlō-kəl How to pronounce local (audio) \

Kids Definition of local

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, in, or relating to a particular place local kids local business local news

Other Words from local

locally adverb

local

noun

Kids Definition of local (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a public vehicle (as a bus or train) that makes all or most stops on its run
2 : a branch (as of a lodge or labor union) in a particular place

local

adjective
lo·​cal | \ ˈlō-kəl How to pronounce local (audio) \

Medical Definition of local

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: involving or affecting only a restricted part of the organism local inflammation — compare systemic sense a

Other Words from local

locally \ -​kə-​lē How to pronounce locally (audio) \ adverb

local

noun

Medical Definition of local (Entry 2 of 2)

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local

noun
lo·​cal

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