localize

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
  1. verb
    concentrate on a particular place or spot
    “The infection has localized in the left eye”
    synonyms: focalise, focalize, localise
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    type of:
    lie
    be located or situated somewhere; occupy a certain position
  2. verb
    locate
    synonyms: localise, place, set
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    type of:
    present, represent, stage
    perform (a play), especially on a stage
  3. verb
    restrict something to a particular area
    synonyms: localise
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    types:
    draw
    cause to localize at one point
    mature, suppurate
    cause to ripen and discharge pus
    type of:
    restrict
    place under restrictions; limit access to
  4. verb
    identify the location or place of
    “We localized the source of the infection”
    synonyms: localise, place
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    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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