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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Synonyms for region


area, demesne, field, zone

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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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Washington, which has accused Iran of carrying out the attacks on the oil tankers, has dispatched warships and bombers to the region and is sending 1,000 more troops to the Mideast. Washington Post, "The Latest: Israel holds army drill amid regional tensions," 20 June 2019 But sending 1,000 more troops to the region drowns out those calmer noises. Nick Paton Walsh, CNN, "Trump has two strategies to counter nuclear threats. Neither is working," 19 June 2019 On Monday, the Pentagon announced plans to send 1,000 more troops to the region after the United States said Iran was to blame for attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman., "Trump launches reelection bid with familiar themes, redoubling focus on his most avid backers," 19 June 2019 Google announced a $1 billion investment to ease the housing crisis in the San Francisco Bay Area, pledging to add about 20,000 homes to the region over the next decade. Sarah Min, CBS News, "Google commits $1 billion to ease housing crisis in the Bay Area," 18 June 2019 Reports last month indicated the US might send 120,000 troops to the region, though more recent ones showed the Trump administration considering deploying around 6,000. Alex Ward, Vox, "The US is sending 1,000 more troops to the Middle East to counter Iran," 18 June 2019 The Journal previously reported that executives are focused on equities and rates trading, especially in the U.S., but cuts won’t be limited to that region, according to people inside the bank. Jenny Strasburg, WSJ, "Deutsche Bank Senior European Equities Banker Edward Sankey to Leave," 17 June 2019 The administration subsequently sent the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln and strategic bombers to the region, and an additional 1,500 U.S. troops to help bolster defenses for U.S. facilities and personnel. Nabih Bulos,, "Trump team weighs options against Iran after tanker explosions but downplays war threat," 14 June 2019 WeWork's new Johannesburg, South Africa, location marks yet another important foray for the company: a collaboration with local communities to develop captivating environments that stay true to the region. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "WeWork Unveils Captivating New South Africa Location," 13 June 2019

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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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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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