lo·​cal·​ize | \ˈlō-kə-ˌlīz \
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 \ noun
localizable \ ˈlō-​kə-​ˌlī-​zə-​bəl \ adjective
localization \ ˌlō-​kə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən \ 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.

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One possible hazard metro Detroiters might see this weekend, particularly late Friday and into Saturday morning, is localized flooding that could affect areas from Ann Arbor into the Detroit metro area, Dale said. Aleanna Siacon, Detroit Free Press, "Showers, chilly temperatures expected across Detroit metro area," 11 May 2018 Enough rain may fall to cause localized flash flooding and mudslides, especially along steep hillsides and in mountainous terrain. Editors, USA TODAY, "Thai cave rescue mission, World Cup, Hurricane Beryl: 5 things to know this weekend," 7 July 2018 There were five times as many co-streams of E3 content compared to last year, which Twitch notes helped personalize and localize the conference. Lisa Marie Segarra, Fortune, "E3 Had a Massive Viewing on Twitch This Year," 26 June 2018 This was an extremely localized, small, relatively short-lived storm. Jeff Halverson, Washington Post, "The second 1,000-year rainstorm in two years engulfed Ellicott City. Here’s how it happened.," 28 May 2018 Swelling riverbanks, tornadoes and localized flooding are possible. CBS News, "Florida gov. declares state of emergency ahead of Subtropical Storm Alberto," 26 May 2018 This helps the machines localize themselves in the static environment—trees and buildings and such. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Watch Out, Pro Racers: These Drones Just Learned to Fly Solo," 27 June 2018 That should ease the widespread flash-flooding concerns, but localized flash-flooding will still remain a threat, especially in areas that received a lot of rain Saturday night. Greg Porter, Washington Post, "PM Update: Localized flash-flooding possible tonight, with pockets of heavy rain developing," 2 June 2018 Using that data, the robot localizes itself and moves through the course independently. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, "Watch: These Boston Dynamics robots can run and navigate by themselves," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of localize

1792, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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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 \
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 \
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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