re·​gion | \ˈrē-jən \

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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More than 1,500 journalists descended on the small town, racing to feed an insatiable interest in the scrappy teammates, some of whom were stateless migrants from a lawless region of neighboring Myanmar. Shibani Mahtani, Washington Post, "‘Time is running out’: Inside the treacherous rescue of boys trapped in a Thai cave," 13 July 2018 This study is the first time that researchers have used data-collecting seals in this region of the Southern Ocean, but many others have begun using seals to collect ocean data—as well as whales and orcas. Kasha Patel, Smithsonian, "How Data-Gathering Seals Help Scientists Measure the Melting Antarctic," 13 July 2018 Highland Park also is a sister city to Yerucham, a small town in the Negev region of Israel. Karen Berkowitz,, "Puerta Vallarta and Highland Park work to show value of people-to-people diplomacy," 13 July 2018 That furor spurred the Texas native’s determination to explore first hand the cultural landscape in this region of the country. George Fishman, miamiherald, "Monarchs ‘Brown and Native’ butterfly exhibit a response to contemporary events," 13 July 2018 On the good side, the move from August to mid-May opens up for hosting duties an entire region of the country that’s simply too damn hot to host a golf tournament in late summer: the South. Daniel Rapaport,, "FORE Questions: Breaking Down the New PGA Tour Schedule," 12 July 2018 Yet some of the highest rates for sickle cell disease come from the Mediterranean and India, while large regions of South and North Africa are generally unburdened by the disease. Jennifer W. Tsai, STAT, "You can’t tell a book by its cover — or a disease by Drake’s race," 11 July 2018 In a conservative region of a conservative state, no public officials complained after the arrests. Nomaan Merchant,, "Hunger, fear, desperation: What came of an ordinary ICE raid in Covington," 9 July 2018 The goal is to learn more about how heat flows within this weird region of space. Loren Grush, The Verge, "The NASA spacecraft that will journey to the Sun just got its super deluxe heat shield," 8 July 2018

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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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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

the regions : the parts of a country that are not close to the capital city


re·​gion | \ˈrē-jən \

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 \

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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