re·​gion·​al | \ ˈrēj-nəl, ˈrē-jə-nᵊl\

Definition of regional

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : affecting a particular region : localized
2 : of, relating to, characteristic of, or serving a region a regional high school
3 : marked by regionalism regional art



Definition of regional (Entry 2 of 2)

: something (such as a branch of an organization or an edition of a magazine) that serves a region

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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Our strategic plan has guided us since 2014, and helped us achieve a number of wins at the state and regional level. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "Getting around the Bay Area with Chanell Fletcher," 21 Dec. 2018 During the campaign, which also included races for governors and national and regional lawmakers, about 130 politicians and campaign workers have been killed. Joshua Partlow,, "Mexico set to elect leftist president for first time in decades," 30 June 2018 Sonavane left behind friends who work in corporate law offices in the city and moved to Dang to work in the regional office of the Centre for Social Justice in September 2017. Seema Yasmin, SELF, "In Rural India, Protecting Women From Witch Hunting, and an Impending Flood," 17 Aug. 2018 Instead of taking applications, Harry and Meghan invited 2,640 people from around the U.K., who were nominated by regional Lord Lieutenant offices. Kara Thompson, Town & Country, "Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank Are Inviting 1,200 Members of the Public to Their Wedding," 18 July 2018 The union has been kicked out of its small offices at the agency's Washington headquarters and its regional offices and told it must pay rent. Lisa Rein, Anchorage Daily News, "New curbs on federal unions begin to take effect," 9 July 2018 An ideal scenario would be a framework combining international and regional and national courts, each taking a part of the accountability process. Raja Abdulrahim, WSJ, "‘If He’s Hiding, I Will Find Him.’ One Man’s Hunt for the Militants Who Killed His Father," 15 Dec. 2018 The Port has mobilized a team of industry experts and local, regional, state and federal partners to minimize impacts and restore system functionality. James Rogers, Fox News, "San Diego port targeted in ransomware attack," 28 Sep. 2018 Features eclectic lineup of national, regional, and local acts. Luann Gibbs,, "Cincinnati events: Fun and free events this weekend," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Comets swept the Highlanders during the regular season and could be looking at facing Loveland or Lakota East in the regionals. Scott Springer,, "Which Greater Cincinnati baseball teams will continue in the state tournament?," 11 May 2018 Six teams from each of four regionals advance to the NCAA Championships, May 18-23 in Stillwater, Okla. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "College notes: ASU men's tennis, in first season back, joins women as NCAA qualifer," 3 May 2018 Hughes, 50, served last season as a volunteer assistant coach at Georgia, which finished 39-21 after losing to Duke in the NCAA regionals. Deaundra Allen, kansascity, "K-State hires former OU, Virginia Tech coach to lead baseball program," 8 June 2018 Green was a member of the relay team that went to regionals, and participated in the 200 meter dash and long jump. Brian Gosset, star-telegram, "15-year-old Arlington student recovering from scary football injury," 30 May 2018 The Michigan softball team loss to Notre Dame for the second time in three days, this time 2-1 on Sunday, in the NCAA regionals in Lexington, Ky., ending the Wolverines' season. Kirkland Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan softball season ends with 2-1 loss to Notre Dame in regional," 20 May 2018 The Warren Central Warriors advance to regionals by beating Lawrence Central 47-42. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "Saved by Bell: His future is football, but Warren Central junior is a hoops standout," 13 Mar. 2018 In January the team switches to three practices a week for the jumpers that intend to compete at regionals and nationals, which are the main competitions. The team has been together since 2000 and was founded by David and Tammy Cazares. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "Katy jumpers excel in competition," 10 July 2018 McDonnell has earned three conference Coach of the Year honors and two National Coach of the Year honors while guiding the Cards to 11 NCAA regionals and four College World Series appearances. Danielle Lerner, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville coach Dan McDonnell to lead USA Baseball collegiate team," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of regional


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1913, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of regional was in the 15th century

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re·​gion·​al | \ ˈrē-jə-nᵊl \

Kids Definition of regional

: of, relating to, or characteristic of a certain geographic area a regional newspaper


re·​gion·​al | \ ˈrēj-ən-ᵊl, -nəl \

Medical Definition of regional

: of, relating to, or affecting a particular bodily region : localized anesthesia by means of a regional block

Other Words from regional

regionally \ -​ē \ adverb

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to gather or build up little by little

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