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 Portuguese Foreign Ministry confirmed that one of its nationals was injured in a rescue operation from the region, the Portuguese news agency LUSA reported on Saturday. Estacio Valoi, Tim Lister And Isa Soares, CNN, "Dozens unaccounted for in Mozambique after Islamist attack, rights groups say," 27 Mar. 2021 In a perfect world, the Sweet 16 would be composed of the top four seeds from each region. Los Angeles Times, "Letters to sports: You might not have seen him, but Elgin Baylor was something to see," 27 Mar. 2021 Semifinal winners from the North and Central American and Caribbean region get the final two places in the 16-nation field for the Olympics, to be played from July 21 to Aug. 7 in Tokyo, Kashima, Miyagi, Saitama, Sapporo and Yokohama., "Mexico beats U.S. 1-0 in men’s Olympic soccer qualifying showdown," 25 Mar. 2021 Over the years, its artistic pool has grown to include creators from the entire border region. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: San Ysidro gallery honors the everyday heroines in our lives," 25 Mar. 2021 Federal trade data show that in 2020 over 10.5 million pounds of Atlantic halibut were imported to the U.S. from that region, valued at $70.2 million. Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska halibut season starts slowly but with higher prices," 23 Mar. 2021 Soliman said that Facebook had some limitations because of the privacy settings of certain groups and pages, so Twitter was used as the main platform to amplify messages from the region to the rest of the world. Catherine Thorbecke, ABC News, "Twitter turns 15: A look back at how the platform changed our lives," 21 Mar. 2021 Saturday morning’s funeral included a procession from the funeral home to St. Kieran Church on 195th Street, including a mile-long line of police vehicles from the region. Jesse Wright,, "Friends, colleagues say Chicago Heights Officer Gary Hibbs was generous, a good man," 20 Mar. 2021 The Barnes has one of the most impressive collections in the world, but its classes have historically been populated with students from the Philadelphia region. Regan Stephens, Fortune, "How the pandemic propelled online education for a world-class art foundation," 20 Mar. 2021

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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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2 Apr 2021

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“Region.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2021.

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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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