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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Weather refers to atmospheric conditions that occur in one area over short periods of time, while climate refers to the long-term regional or even global average of things like temperature, humidity and rainfall patterns. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "Everything You Need To Know About the Climate Change March," 14 Mar. 2019 In these states, credit unions, community and regional banks are likely to be closed. Marie Milano, Country Living, "Are Banks Open on Good Friday This Year?," 11 Mar. 2019 The North Atlantic Treaty Organization has said Brexit will increase the importance of its alliance, and the U.K. wants to remain a key player in regional security. ... James Marson, WSJ, "NATO Picks London for 70th Anniversary Summit," 6 Feb. 2019 In and around Lordstown, city and regional leaders are busy figuring out the next chapter. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "When towns lose a factory, what comes next?," 29 Nov. 2018 The group has said it is committed to regional security and would not pose a danger to other countries. Rahim Faiez, Fox News, "Taliban say no peace with 'occupation,' want US talks," 18 Aug. 2018 With a fast unraveling Venezuela threatening regional security, why can't the U.S. just simply invade the troubled country? NBC News, "Trump pressed aides about Venezuela invasion, official tells AP," 4 July 2018 With a fast unraveling Venezuela threatening regional security, why can't the U.S. just simply invade the troubled country? Joshua Goodman, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump pressed aides on Venezuela invasion, US official says," 4 July 2018 In his first months on the job, a parent complained about Mr. Weber’s conduct, said Sara Dye, then the top doctor at IHS’s South Dakota regional office. Gabe Johnson, WSJ, "A Pedophile Doctor Drew Suspicions for 21 Years. No One Stopped Him.," 8 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

For the second year in a row, Cal State Fullerton won the Stanford Regional to advance to the NCAA super regionals, college baseball’s equivalent of the Sweet 16. Shotgun Spratling,, "Cal State Fullerton takes a familiar road to super regional through Stanford," 4 June 2018 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

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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 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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