localize

verb lo·cal·ize \ ˈlō-kə-ˌlīz \
|Updated on: 20 Jun 2018

Definition of localize

localized; localizing
1 : to make local : orient locally
2 : to assign to or keep within a definite locality
: to accumulate in or be restricted to a specific or limited area
  • an infection that localizes in the ear

localizability

play \ˌlō-kə-ˌlī-zə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

localizable

play \ˈlō-kə-ˌlī-zə-bəl\ adjective

localization

play \ˌlō-kə-lə-ˈzā-shən\ noun

Examples of localize in a Sentence

  1. Doctors are trying to localize the infection by using antibiotics.

  2. The computer technician was able to localize the fault quickly.

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First Known Use of localize

1792

in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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LOCALIZE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of localize for English Language Learners

  • : to keep (something) within a limited area : to prevent the spread of (something)

  • : to find or identify the location of (something)


LOCALIZE Defined for Kids

localize

verb lo·cal·ize \ ˈlō-kə-ˌlīz \

Definition of localize for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

localize

verb lo·cal·ize
variants: also British localise play \ˈlō-kə-ˌlīz\

medical Definition of localize

localized also British localised; localizing also British localising
: to make local; especially : to fix in or confine to a definite place or part
  • hot applications helped to localize the infection
: 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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