Definition of delocalize in US English:


(British delocalise)


[with object]
  • 1Detach or remove (something) from a particular place or location, or from local limitations.

    ‘there is continuing and growing pressure to delocalize production’
    ‘delocalizing of finance capital’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A modification of the absorption spectra observed upon a self-association can be explained in terms of either localized or delocalized excited states.’
    • ‘In some cases, electrons can be shared between atoms, and are then called delocalised.’
    • ‘Only 30% of the spectra carry a clear signature of delocalized excited states of a circular structure of the pigments.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The French and Dutch left see today's EU project as a means used by their governments to privatise and delocalise the economy.’
    • ‘Our bodies are delocalised and dislocated, they can be accessed from computers anywhere.’
    • ‘This picture is consistent with the assignment of low-frequency modes in PLA to delocalized backbone torsions mixed with hydrogen-bond stretching.’
    • ‘The outbreak of the disease underlined how quickly our delocalised food chain can become a complex pathway for the spread of disease.’
    • ‘It delocalizes memories and suggests a historicity of a cosmopolitan nature.’
    • ‘With broadcasting, the electronic audience was delocalised and socially decomposed.’
    • ‘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.’
    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 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.’
      • ‘This is because these low-frequency motions are typically delocalized throughout the system and involve mainly collective movements of residues.’
      • ‘It is generally agreed upon that these excitonic states are not completely delocalized.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The negative charge of this anion is delocalized, giving the oxygen and the carbon a partial negative charge.’