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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These are not many boots on the ground in so vast a region. The Economist, "Jihadists are trying to take over the Sahel," 12 July 2018 One of those areas was a five ZIP code region in West Hollywood. Ronald D. White,, "Nike knows what Angelenos like to buy. Its new data-driven store will stock those products," 12 July 2018 Democratic running mates Ned Lamont and Susan Bysiewicz picked up a raft of endorsements in eastern Connecticut Monday, a region often overshadowed by the party strongholds of Hartford, New Haven and Bridgeport. Neil Vigdor,, "Susan Bysiewicz And Ned Lamont Make Headway In Eastern Connecticut," 9 July 2018 WindAlert gives users wind speed and direction data from dozens of sites within a specified region. Cliff Kapono,, "These smartphone apps will help you get through a natural disaster," 8 July 2018 In Yellowstone, this happens as magma seeps up from the mantle, a vast semi-solid region below the Earth’s crust. Kevin Davenport, idahostatesman, "Yellowstone's magma chamber is more powerful than we knew. Here's why studying it matters.," 3 July 2018 Sukhumi, a region of Georgia from which Gvasalia fled in the early ’90s, is here, too. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Decoding the Georgian and Russian Symbols at Vetements," 2 July 2018 The image shows a planet about four times the size of Jupiter orbiting a young star and clearing away a region of the dust and debris surrounding the star system. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "The First Picture of a Newborn Planet," 2 July 2018 Not unlike an oasis in the desert, the Sand Valley Resort has sprung from an inhospitable landscape and is in the process of transforming a region. Gary D'amato, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "D'Amato: How Sand Valley Golf Resort is transforming central Wisconsin," 30 June 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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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

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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