region

noun
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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Synonyms for region

Synonyms

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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Gaza militants responded by firing dozens of rockets into southern Israel, forcing residents to spend the night in shelters and canceling school across the region. Isabel Debre, The Seattle Times, "Israel bombs targets in Gaza as rocket fire resumes," 27 Mar. 2019 The chronology, which takes nine-tenths of a mile to unfold, highlights the region’s geological formation, natural habitats, Bedouin culture, and early coastal settlements and their pearl trade. Julie Lasky, ELLE Decor, "ED First Look: The National Museum of Qatar," 26 Mar. 2019 Americans are still nervous about Egypt and the whole region. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "Can Egypt Convince the World That It Is Starting Over?," 19 Mar. 2019 While most of these restaurants' locations are open on Easter, specific hours of operation vary by region. Sarah Schreiber, Good Housekeeping, "20 Restaurants That Will Stay Open on Easter Sunday," 12 Mar. 2019 The saga continues Total War's spin-off Saga series is neat in theory: A more constrained Total War experience, focusing on time periods or regions that wouldn’t necessarily have enough meat for a full-length game. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Diablo rises from the dead on GOG, Dead or Alive's $93 season pass, Halo on PC?," 8 Mar. 2019 Nigeria’s peaceful transition in 2015 from one democratically elected government to another was seen as a milestone that strengthened democracy across the region. Joe Parkinson, WSJ, "Nigeria’s Election Gets Under Way After a Stop-Start Runup," 23 Feb. 2019 Over the centuries in various regions of Christianity throughout the world, different names for Holy Saturday have evolved. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, "What Is Holy Saturday, the Day Before Easter, and Why Do We Celebrate It?," 1 Mar. 2019 The motor is very short ranged, in the region of a few hundred yards. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Iran Shows off Unusual Ship-Killing Torpedo/Missile Combination," 28 Feb. 2019

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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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region

noun

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

region

noun
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.

region

noun
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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