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 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, "Unwinding Globalization: Why Just In Case Is Making A Comeback," 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, "LIGO’s Latest Black-Hole Merger Confirms Einstein, Challenges Astrophysics," 1 June 2017 Use short, direct puffs of carb cleaner to localize the leak. Mike Allen, Popular Mechanics, "How to Find a Vacuum Leak," 2 Oct. 2020 These transcription factors did not localize to euchromatin, the part of the genome where most genes are located. Quanta Magazine, "Scientists Find Vital Genes Evolving in Genome’s Junkyard," 16 Nov. 2020 Kasinathan and Malik are now turning their attention to the other ZAD-ZNF transcription factors, many of which also localize to the heterochromatin. Quanta Magazine, "Scientists Find Vital Genes Evolving in Genome’s Junkyard," 16 Nov. 2020 Many will start their post’s title with their state name, to help localize the discussion. Washington Post, "The unemployed are taking their struggles to Reddit, a ‘beacon of light in this long dark night’," 21 Aug. 2020 According to the authors of the new paper in Science Advances, the techniques available at the time were not sufficient to precisely localize all of the overpainting because of the frequent use of lead white paint. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "We can see the true face of Van Eyck Lamb of God after latest restoration," 29 July 2020 Festo says that its sophisticated BionicSwifts could be used to precisely localize where goods are moving throughout a smart factory in the future, anticipating and avoiding bottlenecks. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Drones Are Cool, But Robot Birds Are Better," 9 July 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 13 Apr. 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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