lo·​cal·​ize | \ ˈlō-kə-ˌlīz How to pronounce localize (audio) \
localized; localizing

Definition of localize

transitive verb

1 : to make local : orient locally
2 : 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

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Other Words from localize

localizability \ ˌlō-​kə-​ˌlī-​zə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce localize (audio) \ noun
localizable \ ˈlō-​kə-​ˌlī-​zə-​bəl How to pronounce localize (audio) \ adjective
localization \ ˌlō-​kə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce localize (audio) \ noun

Examples of localize in a Sentence

Doctors are trying to localize the infection by using antibiotics. The computer technician was able to localize the fault quickly.
Recent Examples on the Web This meant that the team had to first localize it from English to Portuguese and then from Portuguese to the two indigenous languages. Carolina Milanesi, Forbes, 27 May 2021 The campaign is the latest step in the department’s countywide mobilization to localize the vaccination effort this summer in a quest to reach the 80% vaccination threshold. Steve Sadin, chicagotribune.com, 2 July 2021 The disruptions of recent years have persuaded more and more companies to restructure and localize their supply chains so as to be closer to customers and less exposed to various trade shocks. Marco Annunziata, Forbes, 10 June 2021 Garena could localize the game for regional consumers, creating promotions that are only relevant in Southeast Asia. Jacob Wolinsky, Forbes, 31 May 2021 All companies should localize their websites and apps to reach as many customers and prospects as possible. Joao Graca, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2021 The shift to localize and onshore supply chains for things like semiconductors will be expensive and will mean there’s more global chip production capacity. Steven Dudash, Forbes, 26 Feb. 2021 As early as this summer both projects will simultaneously monitor the sky to better localize the origins of any new celestial gravitational grumbles. Lee Billings, Scientific American, 1 June 2017 Use short, direct puffs of carb cleaner to localize the leak. Mike Allen, Popular Mechanics, 2 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of localize

1792, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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“Localize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/localize. Accessed 4 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of localize

: to keep (something) within a limited area : to prevent the spread of (something)
: to find or identify the location of (something)


lo·​cal·​ize | \ ˈlō-kə-ˌlīz How to pronounce localize (audio) \
localized; localizing

Kids Definition of localize

: to keep or be kept in a certain area Firefighters localized the fire.


variants: also British localise \ ˈlō-​kə-​ˌlīz How to pronounce localize (audio) \
localized also British localised; localizing also British localising

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

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