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

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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 Reinbold has repeatedly criticized anti-COVID protocols imposed by local governments, Gov. Dunleavy, and the federal government. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "Eagle River state lawmaker proposes to ignore some federal laws and orders," 15 Apr. 2021 Even without statewide limits on capacity, there are local ordinances in effect in some places putting a cap on how many people can gather indoors. BostonGlobe.com, "Wisconsin Supreme Court says governor can’t limit capacity due to COVID," 14 Apr. 2021 Nearly 15 months later, the latest preview offers three minutes of non-stop action in order to entice fans back to their local multiplexes to see the sequel, which pits Vin Diesel’s Dom Toretto against his own brother, played by John Cena. Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, "‘F9’: New ‘Fast & Furious’ Film Drops New Trailer, Sets Release Date," 14 Apr. 2021 The mission of the task force is to support local jurisdictions that have filed lawsuits against prescription drugmakers and distributors. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, "Opioid Crisis Fast Facts," 14 Apr. 2021 According to local meteorologist Matt Zaffino, the average first 80-degree day in Portland is May 10. oregonlive, "Portland Wednesday weather: Sunny, warmer; burn bans issued," 14 Apr. 2021 Snippets of insurgent walkie-talkie chatter in Arabic—a foreign language in Afghanistan—suggested that out there somewhere, al-Qaeda operatives were working with the local Taliban. Wesley Morgan, The Atlantic, "America Never Knew Why It Was in Afghanistan," 14 Apr. 2021 The company also expects the project to produce about $8.8 million annually in local sales and use taxes, according to the mayor's office. Jonathan Mattise, ajc, "Nashville mayor: Oracle to bring 8500 jobs, $1.2B investment," 14 Apr. 2021 Jones said the Action Team worked to connect local families with organizations that met their needs. NBC News, "In pandemic times, Black maternal health is more important than ever," 14 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Those of us watching virtual fashion weeks unfold from our laptops and smartphones could live vicariously through pics of models in off-duty denim and leather and the occasional shot of a chic local. Vogue Runway, Vogue, "Vogue’s Critics on Fall 2021—Runway Posturing Is Out, and Real-Life Comfort and Cool Are In," 15 Mar. 2021 And Cunningham was an undervalued local who gets by on raw instinct, endless energy and an apparent immunity to floor burns and black eyes. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, "Texas takes next step with elusive Big 12 title," 13 Mar. 2021 As a local of the area, Dr. Sweet explains that because of people’s affinity for the Joshua trees, the shaggy yucca has in many ways become a mascot for the effects of climate change in southern California, if not across the world. Miles W. Griffis, Vogue, "Joshua Tree National Park Is More Popular Than Ever—But Its Namesake Trees Are Facing Extinction," 18 Dec. 2020 The trail was the brainchild of Vivien Straus, a local who grew up on her family’s dairy in Marshall, California, and was keen to help struggling independent farmers stay in business by creating interest in agritourism. Angela Decenzo, Travel, "How California’s cheese trail avoided a meltdown," 11 Dec. 2020 Ardern noted that 60% of New Zealand's tourism industry comes from locals. Michelle Toh, CNN, "New Zealand's prime minister floats 'four-day week' as a way to help the economy," 21 May 2020 MacRae thinks city boat tours will pick up ahead of upscale dinner cruises, especially from locals and regional visitors sticking closer to home. Dawn Gilbertson, USA TODAY, "Is coronavirus canceling summer vacation for 2020? It depends who you ask," 21 May 2020 And Lapidus says the outpouring of support from locals has been an invaluable gift. Chevaz Clarke, CBS News, "Hero by night: Moonlighting as an EMT on New York City's front lines," 14 May 2020 The complaints represent more than 20,000 workers from 40 union locals, union spokesman Andrew Crook said. NBC News, "Thousands of health care workers demand investigation of hospitals' coronavirus response," 28 Apr. 2020

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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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17 Apr 2021

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“Local.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/local. Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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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 local (audio) \ adverb

local

noun

Medical Definition of local (Entry 2 of 2)

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local

noun
lo·​cal

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