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 universeb : a broad geographic area distinguished by similar featuresc (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 divisibleb : 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
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
Recent Examples of region from the Web
Those screenings can tell officials which regions have mosquitoes carrying those diseases - but there's no such test for Zika.
The region is among the most contentious Airbnb battlegrounds in the nation.
A veteran of several planning departments in the region, Bertoni was appointed to the post last year.
But the region’s economic, political and cultural ties to the rest of Europe put Russia, Turkey and the like in the shade.
Indiana Grocery Group outbid the sole other bidder, Jewel-Osco, which wanted to expand its presence in the region.
Across the D.C. and Maryland region, nooses — considered a hate symbol by the the Anti-Defamation League — have been popping up in recent months.
Japan and China have had an ongoing territorial dispute over several islands in the region, known as the Diaoyu Islands to China and Senkaku Islands to Japan.
Social media users couldn't peel their eyes away from Jamie's lower region.
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Origin and Etymology of region
Middle English regioun, from Anglo-French regiun, from Latin region-, regio line, direction, area, from regere to direct
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
REGION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of region for English Language Learners
: 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
the regions : the parts of a country that are not close to the capital city
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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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