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
This restaurant is billed as an ode to the Mississippi Delta region, whose cuisine is distinctly different from other Southern idioms; think spicy tamales and catfish, rather than shrimp and grits and cornbread.
Intense clashes followed as the insurgents spread out across the city, which is halved by the Agus River, a crucial trading and transportation route in the region.
After Bhat and another militant were killed in a gunbattle with soldiers on Saturday, large-scale protests and clashes erupted across the region, leaving one civilian dead and dozens of others injured.
Today the United States faces a vastly different situation in the region.
Egypt's government has been struggling to contain an insurgency by Islamic militants led by an IS affiliate that is centered in the northern region of the Sinai peninsula, though attacks on the mainland have recently increased.
The family will tour some colleges in that region this summer.
Much has been written about the Trump Administration’s growing desire to conceive that state from the region in, rather than from the conflict out.
The division is more of a showcase unit, designed for parades and for threats to the Russian government around the Moscow 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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