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

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 Murdock’s efforts to localize and nationalize this study. Beatrice Peterson, ABC News, 8 June 2022 To localize merchandise and product choices, Peeba’s platform uses AI to understand retail trends and provide recommendations based on other local sellers' purchases and trends locally to match data from other brands and retailers. Tiffany Lung, Forbes, 2 June 2022 The government, in an effort to capitalize on the global coffee craze, plans to localize production. Hadas Gold And Abeer Salman, CNN, 30 May 2022 Other manufacturers taking steps to localize more jobs include Volkswagen AG, the biggest foreign auto maker in China. Yoko Kubota, WSJ, 9 May 2022 To help localize the origin of a patient’s seizures prior to removing brain tissue to potentially help their epilepsy, Ojemann and Ko temporarily implant small, metal electrodes on top of and within the patient’s brain. David Caldwell, The Conversation, 30 Mar. 2022 The company also plans to localize suppliers in the U.S. by continuing to grow collaboration efforts with the top battery-technology companies in the world. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, 15 Mar. 2022 The groups behind the new polling support Biden’s messaging so far, but say that more needs to be done to localize the messaging so that voters can understand the direct implications of climate policy in their own lives. Justin Worland, Time, 12 Jan. 2022 To localize its products, Florasis used the power of social media and marketing influencers. Earl Carr, Forbes, 1 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of localize

1792, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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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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