region

noun
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

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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Dozens of such operations in the South China Sea have targeted excessive Chinese maritime claims around islands and outposts across the region. Ben Kesling, WSJ, "Cold War Games: U.S. Is Preparing to Test the Waters in Icy Arctic," 11 Jan. 2019 Biking, hiking, kayaking, skiing, and more are all activities to enjoy in the region. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "The 19 Best Places to Travel in 2019," 10 Jan. 2019 Google co-founder Sergey Brin reportedly was one of the key leaders who raised caution about the threat to civil liberties by staying in the region. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "Everything you need to know about Google’s controversial China plans in advance of today’s congressional hearing," 11 Dec. 2018 For instance, warming temperatures, droughts, and flooding in the Midwest will devastate crops, crippling farms across the region. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Climate Change Could Cost The United States Economy Hundreds of Billions Annually," 26 Nov. 2018 The Pristina train station, in Kosovo's north, served as an arrival point for refugees streaming in from across the region. Sarah Souli, Condé Nast Traveler, "Kosovo Is an All-Night Party—And Shows No Signs of Slowing Down," 26 Oct. 2018 And many survivors across the region still haven’t been able to move on. Susie Cagle, Curbed, "California’s changing fire country," 10 Oct. 2018 Equatorial regions of the potentially life-supporting Europa, which harbors a huge ocean of salty liquid water beneath its icy shell, are probably studded with blades of ice up to 50 feet (15 meters) tall, a new study suggests. Mike Wall, Space.com, "Jupiter Moon Europa's Jagged Ice Towers Could Imperil Robot Landers," 8 Oct. 2018 Showers and thunderstorms will be ongoing across the Gulf Coast thanks to a trailing cold front stalled across the region. Janice Dean, Fox News, "Much colder air moving into the Northern Plains, watching Hurricane Rosa bring possible flooding to the Southwest," 28 Sep. 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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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

the regions : the parts of a country that are not close to the capital city

region

noun
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.

region

noun
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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