American English

Definition of local adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    [usually before noun]
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  1. 1belonging to or connected with the particular place or area that you are talking about or with the place where you live a local farmer A local man was accused of the murder. Our children go to the local school. a local newspaper (= one that gives local news) local radio (= a radio station that broadcasts to one area only) decisions made at local rather than national level It was difficult to understand the local dialect.
  2. 2affecting only one part of the body Her tooth was extracted under local anesthetic. compare general
  3. NAmE//ˈloʊkəli//
    adverb to work locally Do you live locally (= in this area)? locally grown fruit
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: local