Definition of delocalize in English:

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Pronunciation: /dēˈlōkəˌlīz/


[with object]
1Detach or remove (something) from a particular place or location, or from local limitations: (as adjective delocalized) delocalized cortical activity (as noun delocalizing) delocalizing of finance capital
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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: /dēˌlōkələˈzāSH(ə)n/
Pronunciation: /dēˌlōkəˌlīˈzāSH(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • 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.

Words that rhyme with delocalize

focalize, vocalise

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Syllabification: de·lo·cal·ize

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