re·​gion | \ ˈrē-jən How to pronounce region (audio) \

Definition of region

1 : an administrative area, division, or district especially : the basic administrative unit for local government in Scotland
2a : an indefinite area of the world or universe
b : a broad geographic area distinguished by similar features
c(1) : a major world area that supports a characteristic fauna
(2) : an area characterized by the prevalence of one or more vegetational climax types
3a : any of the major subdivisions into which the body or one of its parts is divisible
b : an indefinite area surrounding a specified body part a pain in the region of the heart
4 : a sphere of activity or interest : field
5 : any of the zones into which the atmosphere is divided according to height or the sea according to depth
6 : an open connected set together with none, some, or all of the points on its boundary a simple closed curve divides a plane into two regions

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Examples of region in a Sentence

The bird returns to this region every year. He's the company sales manager for the entire Southwest region. She has a pain in the lower back region. attempts to go outside of London and stimulate cultural life in the regions
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Recent Examples on the Web Groin pain is synonymous with similar diagnoses, such as athletica pubalgia (athlete with pain in pubic area), sports hernia, athletic hernia and inguinal disruption (injury to the region where the inner thigh meets the pelvis). Colin Hoobler, oregonlive, "Damian Lillard’s groin injury: How these injuries are treated, what kind of recovery timeline to expect," 13 Feb. 2020 This geothermal well reaches nearly two miles beneath the surface to a region where temperatures and pressures are so high that rock begins to bend. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, "Want Unlimited Clean Energy? Just Drill the World's Hottest Well," 13 Feb. 2020 Very little has changed between the draft environmental review issued last year and the preliminary final review, said Alannah Hurley with the United Tribes of Bristol Bay, representing 15 tribes from the region. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "Pebble sees signs in new federal report that mine will secure key approval," 13 Feb. 2020 Pierce, a native of Zion, Ill., came to Mobile in 1974, after being assigned to the region on a recruiting assignment. al, "‘He was our beloved Sea Lord’: Mobile celebrates Capt. Hal Pierce," 10 Feb. 2020 Every colony surveyed on Elephant Island, an important penguin habitat northeast of the Antarctic Peninsula, experienced a population fall, according to independent researchers who joined a Greenpeace expedition to the region. Lianne Kolirin, CNN, "Some Antarctic penguin colonies have declined by more than 75% over 50 years," 10 Feb. 2020 Sichuan province -- known internationally for its hotpot made with peppercorns from the region -- banned dinner gatherings from Jan. 25. Fortune, "Beijing bans birthday parties and other get-togethers to curb coronavirus spread," 5 Feb. 2020 Concert organizers said a recent study conducted by the University of Cincinnati found that the festival provides a $107.5 million economic impact to the region. Sarah Brookbank,, "Janet Jackson, Fantasia, Charlie Wilson, Snoop Dogg coming to Cincinnati Music Festival," 4 Feb. 2020 As Seattle’s population is booming, people are moving to the region in droves. Drake Wilson, Sunset Magazine, "Find Wine, Whales, and Water Adventures in Washington’s Scenic Puget Sound," 3 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of region

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for region

Middle English regioun, from Anglo-French regiun, from Latin region-, regio line, direction, area, from regere to direct

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The first known use of region was in the 14th century

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17 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Region.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of region

: a part of a country, of the world, etc., that is different or separate from other parts in some way
: a place on your body : an area that is near a specified part of your body
British : the parts of a country that are not close to the capital city


re·​gion | \ ˈrē-jən How to pronounce region (audio) \

Kids Definition of region

1 : an area having no definite boundaries darker regions of the night sky
2 : a broad geographic area
3 : vicinity sense 1 He felt pain in the region of the heart.


re·​gion | \ ˈrē-jən How to pronounce region (audio) \

Medical Definition of region

1 : any of the major subdivisions into which the body or one of its parts is divisible the nine regions of the abdomen
2 : an indefinite area surrounding a specified body part a pain in the region of the heart

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