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 localizability (audio) \ noun
localizable \ ˈlō-​kə-​ˌlī-​zə-​bəl How to pronounce localizable (audio) \ adjective
localization \ ˌlō-​kə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce localization (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 Of the 54 languages Waze is available in, at least 30 of those have been localized by its volunteer community. Alyssa Newcomb, Fortune, "What Makes People Love Waze More Than Google Maps and Apple Maps? Its Army of Unpaid Human Editors," 26 Nov. 2019 All the while, the Neuropixels collected data from hundreds, perhaps thousands, of neurons localized with a brain-mapping standard the institute came up with. Wired, "A Trove of Mouse Data Points Toward Brain-Computer Interfaces," 15 Oct. 2019 All the particles in a large system will be entangled with each other, so that when just one of them localizes in space, the rest are brought along for the ride. Quanta Magazine, "Where Quantum Probability Comes From," 9 Sep. 2019 At the moment, the agency permits wireless transmission in two categories: very low power at a distance (such as Wi-Fi) or higher power that is contained or localized (such as microwaves or charging pads). David Pogue, Scientific American, "Why Can't We All Charge Our Phones Wirelessly?," 1 Sep. 2017 In the inland region, moderate-strength Santa Anas are expected Thursday, with weakening on Friday and becoming localized on Saturday. The forecast calls for onshore flow to return to the area Sunday with noticeable cooling. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Southern California to see Santa Ana winds this week," 7 Oct. 2019 The rules of physics would still apply within the bubble, but the ship would be localized outside of space. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Warp Drive Is Theoretically Possible," 26 Sep. 2019 The National Weather Service says some areas could see up to 0.75 inches of rain, and localized flooding during heavy downpours. oregonlive, "Portland metro Tuesday traffic: Time to get your vehicle ready for the rainy season," 17 Sep. 2019 However, localized, smaller protests and possible civil unrest over shortages and job losses are a concern. NBC News, "Brexit: Risk experts fear violent consequences of a no-deal E. U. withdrawal," 1 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of localize

1792, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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The first known use of localize was in 1792

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“Localize.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/localize. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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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 localise (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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