Definition of delocalize in English:


Line breaks: de|lo¦cal|ize
Pronunciation: /diːˈləʊk(ə)lʌɪz
(also delocalise)


[with object]
  • 1Detach or remove from a particular place or location: (as adjective delocalized) delocalized cortical activity
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    • It delocalizes memories and suggests a historicity of a cosmopolitan nature.
    • In some cases, electrons can be shared between atoms, and are then called delocalised.
    • This effect results from the ability of the electrons in conjugated bonds to delocalize, or spread their effect throughout the molecule.
  • 1.1 (be delocalized) Chemistry (Of electrons) be shared among more than two atoms in a molecule: the pi electrons are delocalized and energetically stable
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    • The carboxylate ion has a negative charge, which is delocalized over both oxygen atoms to form a stable resonance hybrid.
    • The negative charge of this anion is delocalized, giving the oxygen and the carbon a partial negative charge.
    • The electrons in benzene's three pi bonds are highly delocalized, to the point that it is no longer accurate to describe them as between individual carbons.



Pronunciation: /-ˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/
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  • Why is such a logic impossible for steel factories threatened with delocalization?
  • An excess of silver is accommodated by a delocalization of the extra electrons to allow an electronic conductivity in addition to the conductivity of silver ions.
  • Economic globalization entails first and foremost the delocalization and disempowerment of local communities and economies.

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