region

noun

re·​gion ˈrē-jən How to pronounce region (audio)
1
: an administrative area, division, or district
especially : the basic administrative unit for local government in Scotland
2
a
: 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
3
a
: 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

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 on the Web The National Weather Service office serving the Washington-Baltimore region said the 265-mph wind speed was the second-highest measured since records began in the 1950s. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, 18 Feb. 2024 Because there are four different dengue virus strains which often co-circulate in the same geographic region, dengue vaccines are expected to immunize recipients against all of them. Stephen J. Thomas, Forbes, 18 Feb. 2024 There’s been a 20% increase in the number of women in the Ukrainian armed forces in both military and civilian roles since war with Russia began in the eastern Donbas region in 2014, according to Ukraine’s Armed Forces Personnel Center. Svitlana Vaslova, CNN, 18 Feb. 2024 Located in Somerset, a region directly west of London, Bath is recognizable for a variety of features, including its buildings made of the golden-hued Bath stone (or oolitic limestone), cobblestone streets, and natural hot springs that inspired the city’s name. Lydia Mansel, Travel + Leisure, 18 Feb. 2024 His allies decried the transfer to a colony, in a region about 1,200 miles northeast of Moscow, as yet another attempt to force Navalny into silence. Jim Heintz, arkansasonline.com, 17 Feb. 2024 Two storms are expected to roll through the Sacramento region just in time for the Presidents Day holiday weekend, the National Weather Service forecast. Hanh Truong, Sacramento Bee, 16 Feb. 2024 The Laikipia region has been feeling the ravaging effects of climate change for decades, with the pastoralists, the ranchers and conservancies all relying on the region’s grasslands to sustain their cattle and the wildlife. Christopher Vourlias, Variety, 16 Feb. 2024 Despite its increasing use of drones, Ukraine has not dislodged Russia from the Donbas region, and Russia has not broken Ukraine’s will to resist. Paul Lushenko, The Conversation, 16 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Region.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/region. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

region

noun
re·​gion ˈrē-jən How to pronounce region (audio)
1
: an area, division, or district of administration
2
a
: a part, portion, or area having no fixed boundaries
darker regions of the night sky
b
: a broad geographic area
never visited the southwestern region of the U.S.
3
: an indefinite area surrounding a specified body part
a pain in the region of the heart
4
: a set of points any two of which can be connected by a line lying wholly within the set together with none, some, or all of the points on its boundary
a rectangular region

Medical Definition

region

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