v. lo·cal·ized, lo·cal·iz·ing, lo·cal·iz·es
1. To make local: decentralize and localize political authority.
2. To confine or restrict to a particular locality: localized the infection.
3. To attribute to a particular locality: sought to localize the origin of the rumor.
To become local, especially to become fixed in one area or part.
lo′cal·i·zation (-kə-lĭ-zāshən) n.
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