local

adjective
lo·​cal | \ ˈlō-kəl How to pronounce local (audio) \

Definition of local

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : characterized by or relating to position in space : having a definite spatial form or location
2a : of, relating to, or characteristic of a particular place : not general or widespread
b : of, relating to, or applicable to part of a whole
3a : primarily serving the needs of a particular limited district
b of a public conveyance : making all the stops on a route
4 : involving or affecting only a restricted part of the organism : topical a local anesthetic
5 : of or relating to telephone communication within a specified area

local

noun

Definition of local (Entry 2 of 2)

: a local person or thing: such as
a : a local public conveyance (such as a train or an elevator)
b : a local or particular branch, lodge, or chapter of an organization (such as a labor union)
c British : a nearby or neighborhood pub

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Synonyms for local

Synonyms: Noun

affiliate, branch, cell, chapter, council

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Examples of local in a Sentence

Adjective

We had dinner at a local restaurant. The police have arrested a local man for the crime. This is a local shop for local people: we don't get many outsiders here. She took the local bus.

Noun

He's the president of the union local at the factory. the truck drivers are members of Local 349 of the Teamsters' Union
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Originally, the tour was going to be one fall semester and would stay local, confined to Louisiana. Jamie Swinnerton, Houston Chronicle, "Wilkerson Intermediate students celebrate art of George Rodrigue," 16 Sep. 2019 Over half of the 147 tigers confiscated from the Tiger Temple - a tourist attraction where visitors could take selfies with the big cats - have died in captivity within the last three years, local media reported. Fox News, "86 tigers rescued from infamous temple in Thailand have died, local media report," 16 Sep. 2019 Maybe an honorable mention among local, card-carrying heavies. Jim Gronaw, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Gronaw: Finding the top-end bottom feeders," 15 Sep. 2019 Goldberg also has led reporting that was honored with multiple local, state and national awards, including the Pulitzer Prize in San Jose (1990/Breaking News), and a finalist for the Pulitzer at The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer (2009/Feature Writing). National Geographic, "Susan Goldberg," 15 Sep. 2019 The remains were found Thursday at his home in Will County, Illinois, about 45 miles from Chicago, local media said. Madeline Holcombe And Rebekah Riess, CNN, "Over 2,000 preserved fetal remains found in home of deceased Indiana doctor," 14 Sep. 2019 Boyko later told local media that police searched his apartment a second time Friday, according to Moscow Times, an independent, English-language news site. Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY, "Thanks to a drone, Russian activist saves sensitive hard drive right before police raid," 13 Sep. 2019 Illustrations of these differences began in the 1980s as high, double-digit interest rates and high inflation slowed local, regional and national economies. Steve Blank, The Denver Post, "Cocktail chattables: The Denver housing market, strong and growing, is at no risk of being in a bubble that could burst," 12 Sep. 2019 Day was sworn in as U.S. ambassador in September 2017 after working for the Republican Party for more than 20 years at the local, state and national level. Robyn A. Friedman, sun-sentinel.com, "Penthouse fit for an ambassador back on the market for $4.7 million | Photos," 12 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In some instances, powerful lobbies with commercial interests, in association with the state machinery, have attempted to ravage entire landforms hitherto treated as gods by locals. K A Shaji, Quartz India, "Tribals in India’s Kerala are protesting against a Hindu name given to a captured elephant," 30 Aug. 2019 This is causing angst among some locals, who believe that Las Vegas is discriminating against a small-market team by intentionally setting the line on the low side to generate action. oregonlive.com, "Canzano: Las Vegas doesn’t hate the Trail Blazers... it just likes money a lot more," 23 Aug. 2019 Needless to say, politics have descended from the crisis, not least because the economy, for the Cape locals, depends on three months of furious, waterlogged tourism. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "The Summer of Shark Politics on Cape Cod," 22 Aug. 2019 But before the shows wow the crowds, the city wants to be sure the venue will still be able to be used by locals. San Diego Union-Tribune, "El Cajon making plans for the opening of The Magnolia," 19 Aug. 2019 The body of Sergeant La David Johnson, an Army mechanic and the driver of one of the Americans’ trucks, had been missing for two days before he was found by locals in the area. New York Times, "Special Forces Sergeant, Killed in Niger Ambush, Is Awarded a Silver Star," 14 Aug. 2019 From the outside, ATMosfera tram cars look just like the ones traversing Milan all day long: bounded by rails on the ground and overhead wires, the trolley-like machines are popular modes of transportation used by locals. Anna Ben Yehuda Rahmanan, Fortune, "Ride and Eat in the First Rolling Restaurant in Italy," 10 Aug. 2019 Like other breathtaking places that have exploded in popularity thanks to social media, the Kanarra Falls hike quickly went from beloved by locals to in danger of being loved to death by the masses. Melissa Yeager, azcentral, "Instagram-famous Kanarra Falls allows 150 hikers daily. Here's how to get a permit," 1 Aug. 2019 YouTube TV offers more than 70 channels, plus locals, for $49.99, and Sling offers packages at prices ranging from $25 to $60, plus a free antenna to watch local channels. Ron Hurtibise, sun-sentinel.com, "New AT&T TV streaming service available in only one Florida city — for now," 20 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of local

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4

Noun

1591, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for local

Adjective

Middle English localle, from Late Latin localis, from Latin locus place — more at stall

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The first known use of local was in the 15th century

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local

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of local

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: relating to or occurring in a particular area, city, or town
: located or living nearby
of a bus or train : making all the stops on a route

local

noun

English Language Learners Definition of local (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person who lives in a particular area, city, or town : a local person
: a train or bus that makes all of the stops along its route
US : a local part of a labor union

local

adjective
lo·​cal | \ ˈlō-kəl How to pronounce local (audio) \

Kids Definition of local

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, in, or relating to a particular place local kids local business local news

Other Words from local

locally adverb

local

noun

Kids Definition of local (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a public vehicle (as a bus or train) that makes all or most stops on its run
2 : a branch (as of a lodge or labor union) in a particular place

local

adjective
lo·​cal | \ ˈlō-kəl How to pronounce local (audio) \

Medical Definition of local

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: involving or affecting only a restricted part of the organism local inflammation — compare systemic sense a

Other Words from local

locally \ -​kə-​lē How to pronounce locally (audio) \ adverb

local

noun

Medical Definition of local (Entry 2 of 2)

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local

noun
lo·​cal

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