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.

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But if it could be officially sold in China, Tencent could heavily promote the game, localize it for Chinese players and organize spectator competitions. Wayne Ma, WSJ, "PlayerUnknown: Why Tencent Can’t Make Money Off Top Mobile Games," 17 May 2018 In addition to the potential for infections and resulting tissue loss, or worse, there are likely ramifications for the ability to localize sound. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "A Man Had Part of His Ear Cut Out in a Controversial “Conch Removal” Procedure," 28 Mar. 2019 Point is, if your pain is localized to one part of your abdomen, that could hint at something going on with a certain organ in there. Cassie Shortsleeve, SELF, "How to Know If Your Abdominal Pain Is Physical or Mental," 16 Feb. 2019 The rain could lead to localized flooding in heavily paved urban areas in Chicago. Tony Briscoe, chicagotribune.com, "Monday thunderstorms to bring downpours, possible flooding," 13 May 2018 The game was built from the ground up using a new engine for the team (Unreal 4) and was localized in languages that had not previously been attempted by the studio. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Activision ignores accessibility guidelines, skips Spyro subtitles," 19 Nov. 2018 In Colorado, where $1 billion a year of marijuana is sold legally, the approach is localized and piecemeal. Ted Rall, WSJ, "Criminal Records for Obsolete Crimes," 9 Jan. 2019 With young children, there can be localized soft tissue effects such as necrosis, pain and swelling, Batchelor said. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "Mom warns of copperhead snakes after toddler is seriously injured by venomous serpent," 2 Oct. 2018 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

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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 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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