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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.
Origin of localize
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 localized
  • Imagine local resistances of breeding groups to endemic diseases, and the evolutionary response of those localized pathogens.
  • The effects of inhaled polonium are localized in the lungs.
  • It describes a purely psychological process, which could better be characterized by terming it localized.
  • And that will be useful because we'll be moving capital back to much more localized sources.
  • People are obviously using rail and subway transit, and using the car for localized trips.
  • The explosions were loud but brief and usually quite small, with destructive power that was concentrated, and therefore localized.
  • For years, scientists have known that localized human factors such as pollution and overfishing damage coral reefs.
  • Despite being a relatively localized phenomenon, the industry is active.
  • But it used to happen on a limited and localized scale.
  • Winter: becomes more localized throughout range as species gather in large flocks.
British Dictionary definitions for localized


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 localized



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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localized in Medicine

localized lo·cal·ized (lō'kə-līzd')
Restricted or limited to a specific part.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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