Definition of delocalize in English:

delocalize

(also delocalise)

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 Detach or remove from a particular place or location:

    ‘delocalized cortical activity’
    • ‘This result qualitatively explains the experimentally observed wavelength dependence of Phi for rhodopsin and reveals the importance of delocalized, torsional modes in the reactive pathway.’
    • ‘In a metal, the valence electrons exist in a delocalized state - that is, an electron has a high probability of being found anywhere inside the metal.’
    • ‘The neighboring Mixtec and Zapotec villages pursue a southern delocalized pattern of dispersion and deterritorialization.’
    • ‘This effect results from the ability of the electrons in conjugated bonds to delocalize, or spread their effect throughout the molecule.’
    • ‘Our bodies are delocalised and dislocated, they can be accessed from computers anywhere.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The outbreak of the disease underlined how quickly our delocalised food chain can become a complex pathway for the spread of disease.’
    • ‘Only 30% of the spectra carry a clear signature of delocalized excited states of a circular structure of the pigments.’
    • ‘This picture is consistent with the assignment of low-frequency modes in PLA to delocalized backbone torsions mixed with hydrogen-bond stretching.’
    • ‘With broadcasting, the electronic audience was delocalised and socially decomposed.’
    • ‘The French and Dutch left see today's EU project as a means used by their governments to privatise and delocalise the economy.’
    • ‘A modification of the absorption spectra observed upon a self-association can be explained in terms of either localized or delocalized excited states.’
    1. 1.1be delocalizedChemistry (of electrons) be shared among more than two atoms in a molecule:
      ‘the pi electrons are delocalized and energetically stable’
      • ‘The negative charge of this anion is delocalized, giving the oxygen and the carbon a partial negative charge.’
      • ‘The carboxylate ion has a negative charge, which is delocalized over both oxygen atoms to form a stable resonance hybrid.’
      • ‘Therefore, all such red-shifted pigments are believed to be highly delocalized, bond-equalized carbocations.’
      • ‘This is because these low-frequency motions are typically delocalized throughout the system and involve mainly collective movements of residues.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It is generally agreed upon that these excitonic states are not completely delocalized.’

Pronunciation:

delocalize

/diːˈləʊk(ə)lʌɪz/