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 The agency also helps plan transportation systems for the tri-county area and manage garbage and recycling systems for the region. oregonlive, "Metro will cut 700 jobs in wake of coronavirus closures," 27 Mar. 2020 With a handful of new friends like Eric (Matt McGorry), Elijah dives into a life of flash cards, maps of wine-making regions, and competitive tasting. John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Uncorked': Film Review," 27 Mar. 2020 Over 1,300 people have died of the new COVID-19 disease in the U.S., and the rate of new infections is still increasing fast in many regions, including New York, the current epicenter of the American outbreak. CBS News, "Coronavirus updates: States seek help for COVID-19-strained hospitals," 27 Mar. 2020 For nearly 15 years, local public health officials and emergency managers wrote and rewrote a detailed response plan for the Cincinnati region. Anne Saker,, "Coronavirus in Ohio: Regional leaders wrote an epidemic plan. Then a pandemic arrived.," 23 Mar. 2020 Share this - Alicia Victoria Lozano 3h ago / 6:29 PM PDT L.A. County announces 'safer at home' order Los Angeles County officials on Thursday announced stricter guidelines for one of the most populated regions in the country. NBC News, "Vermont announces first 2 deaths," 20 Mar. 2020 Ultimately, the commissioners voted unanimously to close the beaches indefinitely, and issued a state of emergency for the region. Paris Martineau, Wired, "A Beach Town Wrestles With Cutting Its Economic Lifeline," 20 Mar. 2020 Many global news organizations use Hong Kong as headquarters for the Asia region. Austin Ramzy, New York Times, "China Defends Expulsion of American Journalists, Accusing U.S. of Prejudice," 18 Mar. 2020 Further north in the community of Point Pleasant Beach -- known for one of the state's most popular boardwalks -- authorities caution people not to walk on it as spring warmth arrives in the region in the days ahead. Fox News, "Coronavirus pandemic sends some to second homes, vacation towns tell tourists 'don't come here'," 18 Mar. 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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30 Mar 2020

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“Region.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Apr. 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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