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[ ree-juhn ]


  1. an extensive, continuous part of a surface, space, or body:

    a region of the earth.

    Synonyms: portion, section, area

  2. Usually regions. the vast or indefinite entirety of a space or area, or something compared to one:

    the regions of the firmament; the regions of the mind.

  3. a part of the earth's surface (land or sea) of considerable and usually indefinite extent:

    a tropical region.

  4. a district without respect to boundaries or extent:

    a charming region in Connecticut.

    Synonyms: quarter, tract, site, locale

  5. a part or division of the universe, as the heavens:

    a galactic region.

  6. a large indefinite area or range of something specified; sphere:

    a region of authority.

  7. an area of interest, activity, pursuit, etc.; field:

    studies in the region of logic.

  8. an administrative division of a city or territory.
  9. Zoogeography. a major faunal area of the earth's surface, sometimes one regarded as a division of a larger area.
  10. Anatomy. a place in or a division of the body or a part of the body:

    the abdominal region.

  11. Mathematics.
    1. Also called domain. an open connected set.
    2. the union of such a set and some or all of its boundary points.


/ ˈriːdʒən /


  1. any large, indefinite, and continuous part of a surface or space
  2. an area considered as a unit for geographical, functional, social, or cultural reasons
  3. an administrative division of a country

    Tuscany is one of the regions of the Italian Republic

  4. a realm or sphere of activity or interest
  5. range, area, or scope

    in what region is the price likely to be?

  6. a division or part of the boday

    the lumbar region

  7. (in Scotland from 1975 until 1996) any of the nine territorial divisions into which the mainland of Scotland was divided for purposes of local government; replaced in 1996 by council areas See also islands council

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Other Words From

  • under·region noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of region1

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English, from Anglo-French regiun, from Latin regiōn-, stem of regiō “direction, line, boundary,” from reg(ere) “to make straight, guide, rule” + -iō -ion

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Word History and Origins

Origin of region1

C14: from Latin regiō , from regere to govern

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Idioms and Phrases

see in the neighborhood (region) of .

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Example Sentences

Drought in the Pantanal and other parts of Brazil in 2020 has made the region drier, fueling the fires.

From Vox

France and Spain, currently the hardest-hit countries in the region, are tracking an onslaught of cases even worse than their springtime peaks.

From Vox

Russia, a new player in the region in a post-Cold War era, has no such worries.

From Ozy

We make sure we give the support they need in different regions.

From Fortune

Nobody would build a website without making sure it was molded around the demands of the biggest search engines in its customers’ region.

And that may well be what is happening in the Barnett Shale region around, yes, Dallas and Irving.

Instead, spa hotels filled up with over 30,000 refugees from the war-troubled Donbas region of eastern Ukraine.

In doing so he exposed the failure of other airlines in the region to see the huge pent-up demand for cheap travel.

The region is marketed for visitors as “Aryan Valley,” and many citizens have taken to tacking on “Aryan” to their last names.

The weather on the route of AirAsia Flight 8501 was not unusual for the region and the season.

Within the past thirty years civilization has rapidly taken possession of this lovely region.

Nowhere can be found a region capable of supporting a larger population to the square mile than Lombardy.

From that region they issue to inflict diseases, especially blindness and deafness.

At that time, the postage on letters from that region was very high, sometimes as much as fifty or sixty cents, or even a dollar.

I should judge that a peck of corn is about the average product of a day's work through all this region.


Definitions and idiom definitions from Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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