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 Five out of the 12 nations in the region have a vaccination rate of over 60% of the population, according to data tracked by The Post. Paulina Villegas And Paulina Firozi, Anchorage Daily News, 26 Nov. 2021 Governments across Europe and Asia slapped new restrictions on flights and travelers from a swath of southern Africa, acting to stem the transmission of a Covid-19 variant identified in the region. Francesca Fontana, WSJ, 26 Nov. 2021 The Omicron variant, first reported this week in South Africa and already surfacing in other countries, instantly sparked restrictions on travel in the region. Dawn Gilbertson, USA TODAY, 26 Nov. 2021 The White House said the United States will restrict travel from South Africa and seven other countries in the region beginning Monday. Martin Finucane,, 26 Nov. 2021 Six people, including two minors, were flown to a hospital in Toluca, while others were transported to several hospitals in the region, officials said. Meredith Deliso, ABC News, 26 Nov. 2021 Since the 2021-22 school year began, coronavirus vaccination requirements have varied among school systems in the region, as have deadlines to comply. Washington Post, 26 Nov. 2021 The Biden administration is restricting travel from eight countries in southern Africa over concerns about a new COVID-19 variant circulating in the region, according to senior administration officials. CBS News, 26 Nov. 2021 As of Friday afternoon more than 25,000 residents in the region remained without power. Los Angeles Times, 26 Nov. 2021

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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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“Region.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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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
: 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.


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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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