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local

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adjective lo·cal \ˈlō-kəl\

Definition of local

  1. 1 :  characterized by or relating to position in space :  having a definite spatial form or location

  2. 2a :  of, relating to, or characteristic of a particular place :  not general or widespreadb :  of, relating to, or applicable to part of a whole

  3. 3a :  primarily serving the needs of a particular limited districtb of a public conveyance :  making all the stops on a route

  4. 4 :  involving or affecting only a restricted part of the organism :  topical a local anesthetic

  5. 5 :  of or relating to telephone communication within a specified area

Examples of local in a Sentence

  1. We had dinner at a local restaurant.

  2. The police have arrested a local man for the crime.

  3. This is a local shop for local people: we don't get many outsiders here.

  4. She took the local bus.

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Origin and Etymology of local

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


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local

noun lo·cal

Definition of local

  1. :  a local person or thing: such asa :  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

Examples of local in a Sentence

  1. He's the president of the union local at the factory.

  2. the truck drivers are members of Local 349 of the Teamsters' Union

Recent Examples of local from the Web

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First Known Use of local

1591



LOCAL Defined for English Language Learners

local

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adjective

Definition of local for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of local for English Language Learners

  • : 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

  • : a local part of a labor union


LOCAL Defined for Kids

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local

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adjective lo·cal \ˈlō-kəl\

Definition of local for Students

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

locally

adverb

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local

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noun lo·cal

Definition of local for Students

  1. 1 :  a public vehicle (as a bus or train) that makes all or most stops on its run

  2. 2 :  a branch (as of a lodge or labor union) in a particular place


Medical Dictionary

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local

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adjective lo·cal \ˈlō-kəl\

Medical Definition of local

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

locally

\-kə-lē\play adverb

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local

noun lo·cal

Medical Definition of local


Law Dictionary

local

noun lo·cal

Legal Definition of local



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