To localize is to focus on a small, specific area. The newspaper in your city might localize half of their news coverage, concentrating on just your state.

A doctor or dentist will localize pain treatment in certain cases, like when you get a novocaine shot in your gums before getting a cavity filled. Rather than a general painkiller affecting your whole body, this focuses only on the part of your mouth that's affected. You can also localize by adapting something to a specific location. A rural school might localize its schedule by opening later in the fall to allow students to help on family farms, for example.

Definitions of localize

v concentrate on a particular place or spot

“The infection has localized in the left eye”
focalise, focalize, localise
Type of:
be located or situated somewhere; occupy a certain position

v locate

localise, place, set
Type of:
present, represent, stage
perform (a play), especially on a stage

v restrict something to a particular area

cause to localize at one point
mature, suppurate
cause to ripen and discharge pus
Type of:
place under restrictions; limit access to

v identify the location or place of

“We localized the source of the infection”
localise, place
Type of:
locate, situate
determine or indicate the place, site, or limits of, as if by an instrument or by a survey

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