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"local" in British English

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localadjective

uk   /ˈləʊ.kəl/  us   /ˈloʊ-/
B1 from, ​existing in, ​serving, or ​responsible for a ​smallarea, ​especially of a ​country: a local ​accent local ​issues a local ​newspaper/​radiostation Most of the local ​populationdepend on ​fishing for ​theirincome. Our ​children all go to the local ​school. Many local ​shops will be ​forced to ​close if the new ​supermarket is ​built. limited to a ​particularpart of the ​body: a local ​anaesthetic local ​swelling

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localnoun [C]

uk   /ˈləʊ.kəl/  us   /ˈloʊ-/
  • local noun [C] (VEHICLE)

US a ​train or ​bus that makes all or most of the ​stops along ​itsroute, ​allowingpassengers to get on or off: the 12.24 local to Poughkeepsie
(Definition of local from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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localadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˈloʊ·kəl/
from, ​existing in, or ​serving a ​particularplace or ​smallarea: the local ​population the local ​newspaper local ​phonecalls local ​government medical Local also ​meanslimited to a ​particularpart of the ​body: a local ​anesthetic
localize
verb [I/T]  us   /ˈloʊ·kəˌlɑɪz/
[I] The ​infectionseems to have localized in the ​foot.
locally
adverb [not gradable]  us   /ˈloʊ·kə·li/
locally ​grownvegetables

localnoun [C]

 us   /ˈloʊ·kəl/
  • local noun [C] (VEHICLE)

a ​train or ​bus that ​stops at all or most of the ​places on ​itsroute where ​passengers can get on or off
  • local noun [C] (AREA)

a ​person who ​lives in the ​particularsmallarea you are ​talking about: If you’re ​lost and need ​directions, just ​ask one of the locals.
(Definition of local from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"local" in Business English

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localadjective [usually before noun]

uk   us   /ˈləʊkəl/
from or ​connected with a particular ​area: The ​importation of ​goods from the United ​States has ​reducedgrowth in the local ​market. US ​firmspaybonuses in ​dollars, in contrast to ​Europeanrivals which tend to ​pay in local ​currency.a local business/company/firm He has a four-month ​contractfixingcomputers at a local ​company. This is a hugely serious problem at the local ​level, and we need to do something about it.
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localnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈləʊkəl/ US
a ​part of an ​organization, especially a union (= ​workers' ​organization), ​representingpeople from a particular ​area: The local in Oakland and Macomb has nearly 4,000 ​members.
(Definition of local from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “local”
in Korean 현지의…
in Arabic مَحَلّي…
in Malaysian tempatan…
in French local, du quartier…
in Russian местный…
in Chinese (Traditional) 當地的,本地的, 局部的,部分的…
in Italian locale…
in Turkish yöresel, bölgesel, mahallî…
in Polish miejscowy…
in Spanish local, del barrio, de la zona…
in Vietnamese địa phương…
in Portuguese local, de bairro…
in Thai ประจำท้องถิ่น…
in German Orts-……
in Catalan local, del barri…
in Japanese 地元の…
in Chinese (Simplified) 当地的,本地的, 局部的,部分的…
in Indonesian lokal…
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