re·​gion·​al | \ ˈrēj-nəl How to pronounce regional (audio) , 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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Dave Campbell’s magazine has North Shore defeating the Eagles in the regional final and winning another state championship. Marcus Gutierrez, Houston Chronicle, "Football: Atascocita ranked No. 9 in Dave Campbell’s magazine," 5 July 2019 Egypt went from being perhaps the strongest superpower in the world to a divided land with smaller, regional leaders. National Geographic, "Episode 4: Scuba diving in a pyramid," 2 July 2019 Local and regional government leaders have said they were stung and angered by OHS hearing officer Micheala Mitchell’s June 10 recommended rejection of expanded heart care at the for-profit Manchester hospital. Jesse Leavenworth,, "Manchester hospital appeals state’s denial of cardiac care expansion," 1 July 2019 STARZ Play Arabia, the regional leader part-owned by Lionsgate, an American entertainment company, has made these left and right, as well as licensing lots of Arabic-language shows. The Economist, "Netflix tries to jinn up its prospects in the Arab world," 29 June 2019 Last season, the Hawks (23-10) were undefeated in February but lost to a tough Loyola team in a Class 4A regional final. Bob Narang,, "His time to shine: Casey Clark ready for larger role with Maine South boys basketball," 26 June 2019 Male softball will continue to do great things on a state, national and regional level. Dominique Yates, The Courier-Journal, "Male softball coach Josh Bloomer resigns to take job at Duke," 25 June 2019 In keeping with the kingly style, Macron shunned unions, the civil service, and the regional and local authorities who have generally served an intercessory role in French life. Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, "Can Emmanuel Macron Stem the Populist Tide?," 24 June 2019 Like Thursday's attack, that incident took place near the Strait of Hormuz, a vital shipping route that has been the focal point of regional tensions for decades. Helen Regan, CNN, "How the Oman tanker attack played out," 14 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

During that span, Benzinger guided New Richmond to 12 league titles, three district titles and three trips to the regionals. Luke Feliciano,, "Cincinnati dads talk about coaching their high school sons: 'I learned to be a better dad'," 14 June 2019 In a desperate situation, and facing elimination from the NCAA baseball regionals, UCLA coach John Savage turned to freshman right-hander Nick Nastrini. John Maffei, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Alumni Report: Former Cathedral Catholic pitcher back on mound for UCLA," 13 June 2019 In the past two years, despite having some of the nation’s top pitching (a staple under Childress), the Aggies have exited road regionals with 1-2 records. Brent Zwerneman,, "A sport-by-sport checklist as Bjork settles in at A&M," 11 June 2019 And after outlasting host Oregon State, Creighton and Cincinnati in the NCAA regionals, U-M found itself in a best of three tournament against the No. 1 UCLA. J.l. Kirven, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan baseball: What to know about College World Series-bound Wolverines," 10 June 2019 As Dunn noted, there were no Super Regionals in those days (they’d be added in 1999), so the winner of eight six-team regionals advanced to Omaha for the College World Series. Creg Stephenson |,, "Auburn’s College World Series run brings up fond memories of 1997 Omaha trip," 15 June 2019 But the biggest regionals are not exactly surrendering. The Economist, "Digital technology will strengthen America’s biggest retail banks," 15 June 2019 Wasikowski moved to Purdue and went 87-82 (36-34 Big Ten) in three seasons, including a trip to regionals in 2018 — just the third in program history. Bob Lundeberg For The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "Mark Wasikowski sets out to ‘fulfill the dream’ of leading the Oregon Ducks to a College World Series title," 14 June 2019 The junior shot a 64 at the Heartland Conference Tournament and had a 65 in the super regionals. John Maffei, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Alumni Report: Former Cathedral Catholic pitcher back on mound for UCLA," 13 June 2019

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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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More Definitions for regional


re·​gion·​al | \ ˈrē-jə-nᵊl How to pronounce regional (audio) \

Kids Definition of regional

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


re·​gion·​al | \ ˈrēj-ən-ᵊl, -nəl How to pronounce regional (audio) \

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 How to pronounce regionally (audio) \ adverb

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