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local

lo·cal

local

 
pronunciation:
lo kl
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: of or relating to a particular limited area such as a neighborhood or town.
This is a matter for the local police to handle rather than the state police.I went to one of the local doctors when I got sick on my vacation.Many people are not aware of issues involving the local government.
synonyms:
homegrown
antonyms:
cosmopolitan, global, worldwide
similar words:
indigenous, municipal, native, parochial, provincial, regional, small-town
definition 2: of or relating to one's own residential area.
We eat only local produce.
 
definition 3: of or relating to a limited area in the body.
The surgery is simple and can be carried out under a local anesthetic.
antonyms:
general
similar words:
limited, restricted, topical
definition 4: making frequent stops within a limited area.
When we get into the city, we'll take a local bus to our street. (Cf. express.).
antonyms:
express
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a vehicle of transport such as a bus or subway train that makes stops over short distances and travels within a confined area. (Cf. express.)
The local makes more stops than the express.
antonyms:
express
definition 2: one who resides within a particular area, especially for a long period of time.
The locals here are suspicious of outsiders.
antonyms:
outsider, stranger
similar words:
native, neighbor, parishioner, townie, townsfolk, townsman, townspeople, townswoman
definition 3: a local chapter of a trade union.
He attends regular meetings of the local.
synonyms:
chapter
similar words:
branch
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Word Parts
The word local contains the following part:
loc Latin root that means place