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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Fairfield County, because of its proximity and economy, is drawn closer to the New York City region than the rest of Connecticut. Stephen Singer,, "In Pursuit Of NYC Businesses, 5 Fairfield County Towns Go Their Own Way," 13 July 2018 According to research published Thursday in the journal Science, IceCube sent out alerts to more than a dozen observatories around the globe, directing their attention to the region in the sky where the neutrino was thought to have originated. Eoin O'carroll, The Christian Science Monitor, "Neutrino demonstration heralds a new way of observing the cosmos," 12 July 2018 New immigrant arrivals from Asia also outnumbered those from other regions of the world in recent years, with 37.4 percent of arrivals coming from Asia in 2015. NBC News, "Asian Americans now most economically divided group in U.S., report finds," 12 July 2018 Some with ties to the region have struck in Europe, too. The Economist, "Jihadists are trying to take over the Sahel," 12 July 2018 Swiftly, scores of scientists began pointing their telescopes in that direction, staring at the right region of the universe in every wavelength of the electromagnetic spectrum. Author: Sarah Kaplan, Anchorage Daily News, "In a cosmic first, scientists detect ‘ghost particles’ from a distant galaxy," 12 July 2018 Bellinger moved to the region in 1987 and lived in Atlanta, Dunwoody and Stockbridge. Nancy Badertscher, ajc, "Hagood Bellinger, 77: Business leader, admired mentor loved Tech, golf," 12 July 2018 Search parties found their vehicle in Tskere village, in the Dusheti region of the country, and soon after recovered Lora’s body from the edge of a waterfall. Harriet Sokmensuer,, "Family Allegedly Murdered While Living Abroad Wanted to Build a Playground for Local Kids," 11 July 2018 Alligators also have nutritional requirements that aren’t easily met in the northwest region of Indiana. Indianapolis Star, "Alligator made home in Indiana pond," 11 July 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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