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 That healthy mark-up in part helps cover overheads that are chunkier than those in other regions. The Economist, "Borrower beware Why interest rates are so high in Africa," 23 May 2020 In May, Flash Forest plans on planting 40,000 trees north of Toronto, and will then move onto other regions. Catherine Garcia, TheWeek, "The week's good news: May 21, 2020," 21 May 2020 Two more deaths were reported in the region, bringing that count up to 310. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Houston coronavirus updates: What you need to know for May 20," 20 May 2020 The Pre-Academy is the pathway to Kings Hammer Academy, which is one of the highest levels of development environments in the region. Shelby Dermer,, "Kings Hammer Soccer Club to expand operations to Sycamore Township," 20 May 2020 The move comes after President Trump threatened to fire on Iranian vessels that confront U.S. ships in the region. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "US issues warning to vessels in Persian Gulf that come too close to Navy ships after Trump threat to Iran," 19 May 2020 New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, and some other key regions are still battling to control the rising curve of coronavirus infections., "New lockdown introduced as virus resurges in China," 17 May 2020 The number of cases in the District, Maryland and Virginia continued to rise Sunday — topping 76,000 — even as officials in the region inched further toward reopening by adding testing sites and permitting some businesses to relaunch. Hannah Natanson, Washington Post, "Coronavirus cases in Washington region continue to rise as officials allow some businesses to reopen and announce new testing sites," 17 May 2020 If people have info for other regions in the state, that would be great. Talis Shelbourne, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'What can I do to help?' Milwaukee-area web developers create site to provide help during pandemic," 15 May 2020

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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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25 May 2020

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“Region.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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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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