region

noun
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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Synonyms for region

Synonyms

area, demesne, field, zone

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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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To keep it simple—I'm no astrophysicist—the theory states that a sufficiently compact mass can deform spacetime to form a black hole, a region in space where the gravitational field is so powerful that nothing can escape its pull. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "We Know What a Black Hole Looks Like for the First Time," 10 Apr. 2019 In a region where Champagne reigns supreme, there’s something undeniably special about a wellness retreat surrounded by vineyard views. Samantha Tse, Allure, "I Went to the Champagne Region in France to Get a Facial and My Skin Has Never Looked Better," 26 Mar. 2019 This happens when a region of warm air crashes with cold air, creating cyclonic effects and thus dropping the barometric pressure at a higher rate. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "What You Should Do to Prepare for the Bomb Cyclone That's Coming," 13 Mar. 2019 Around this northern Indian city and in similar regions across the country, legions of young Indians struggle to survive in the... Bill Spindle, WSJ, "‘The Youth Bulge’: India Struggles to Employ an Exploding Population," 22 Apr. 2019 After all, both lived primarily in cold regions during an ice age. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Neanderthals and Woolly Mammoths Shared Genetic Traits," 10 Apr. 2019 Her first resort in the region is the Hotel San Cristóbal, a 32-room beachfront boutique hotel about 45 minutes north of Cabo San Lucas on an atmospheric stretch of desert dotted with elephant cacti. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, "A Design Lover's Guide to the Baja Peninsula," 29 Mar. 2019 The hotel has been through many changes and was most recently sold to a discreet American couple who had spent many summers enjoying the wines in the region and were former guests of the property. Samantha Tse, Allure, "I Went to the Champagne Region in France to Get a Facial and My Skin Has Never Looked Better," 26 Mar. 2019 Thanks to a huge solar explosion happening this Saturday, the Northern Lights will be visible in lower regions than usually possible. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "You Can See The Northern Lights Across The US This Weekend," 22 Mar. 2019

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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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region

noun

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
British : the parts of a country that are not close to the capital city

region

noun
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.

region

noun
re·​gion | \ ˈrē-jən How to pronounce region (audio) \

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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