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[loh-kuh-lahyz] /ˈloʊ kəˌlaɪz/
verb (used with object), localized, localizing.
to make local; fix in, or assign or restrict to, a particular place, locality, etc.
verb (used without object), localized, localizing.
to gather, collect, or concentrate in one locality.
Also, especially British, localise.
1785-95; local + -ize
Related forms
localizable, adjective
localization, noun
localizer, noun
nonlocalizable, adjective
nonlocalized, adjective
unlocalizable, adjective
unlocalize, verb (used with object), unlocalized, unlocalizing. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for localization
  • And our right or left handedness corresponds with the brain localization of language.
  • And, the localization tests proved they worked nearly as well as the open ear.
  • Also fueling the localization drive is a desire to spur alcohol sales.
  • The localization is significant, and the stories reproduce the life and atmosphere of the northern heroic age.
  • It is true that physiological psychologists speak of the localization of speech in the brain.
  • People are beginning to understand in our day that exact localization is one of the first elements of reality.
  • We could not at that time find any explanation for the unusual localization of the hysterogenic zone.
  • The games that do make it over often go through a cryptic localization process that.
  • Nevertheless, modern neuroscience techniques often focus on localization at the expense of communication.
  • The re- localization of energy is simply the re-localization of wealth and economic well being as well.
British Dictionary definitions for localization


to make or become local in attitude, behaviour, etc
(transitive) to restrict or confine (something) to a particular area or part
(transitive) to assign or ascribe to a particular region
Derived Forms
localizable, localisable, adjective
localization, localisation, noun
localizer, localiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for localization

1811, noun of action from localize.



1792, from local + -ize. Related: Localized; localizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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localization in Medicine

localization lo·cal·i·za·tion (lō'kə-lĭ-zā'shən)

  1. Limitation to a specific area.

  2. The reference of a sensation to its point of origin.

  3. The determination of the location of a pathological process.

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