region

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noun re·gion \ˈrē-jən\

Definition of region

  1. 1 :  an administrative area, division, or district; especially :  the basic administrative unit for local government in Scotland

  2. 2a :  an indefinite area of the world or universeb :  a broad geographic area distinguished by similar featuresc (1) :  a major world area that supports a characteristic fauna (2) :  an area characterized by the prevalence of one or more vegetational climax types

  3. 3a :  any of the major subdivisions into which the body or one of its parts is divisibleb :  an indefinite area surrounding a specified body part a pain in the region of the heart

  4. 4 :  a sphere of activity or interest :  field

  5. 5 :  any of the zones into which the atmosphere is divided according to height or the sea according to depth

  6. 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

Examples of region in a Sentence

  1. The bird returns to this region every year.

  2. He's the company sales manager for the entire Southwest region.

  3. She has a pain in the lower back region.

  4. attempts to go outside of London and stimulate cultural life in the regions

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Origin and Etymology of region

Middle English regioun, from Anglo-French regiun, from Latin region-, regio line, direction, area, from regere to direct



REGION Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of region for English Language Learners

  • : 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


REGION Defined for Kids

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noun re·gion \ˈrē-jən\

Definition of region for Students

  1. 1 :  an area having no definite boundaries darker regions of the night sky

  2. 2 :  a broad geographic area

  3. 3 :  vicinity 1 He felt pain in the region of the heart.


Medical Dictionary

region

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noun re·gion \ˈrē-jən\

Medical Definition of region

  1. 1:  any of the major subdivisions into which the body or one of its parts is divisible the nine regions of the abdomen

  2. 2:  an indefinite area surrounding a specified body part a pain in the region of the heart



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