Definition of region in US English:

region

noun

  • 1An area or division, especially part of a country or the world having definable characteristics but not always fixed boundaries.

    ‘one of the region's major employers’
    ‘the equatorial regions’
    ‘a major wine-producing region’
    • ‘The bigger cities get a fair share of cinematic exhibitions while the exhibitors in smaller towns and village regions often find it impossible to keep the business going.’
    • ‘This region has not always been as arid and desolate as it is today.’
    • ‘In general, the burdens were heavier in less economically developed areas and lighter in regions where capitalism had penetrated more fully and where regional customs had curbed lordly rights.’
    • ‘He was widely known in the Williamstown and neighbouring regions and made a major contribution to the community life of the district over many years.’
    • ‘West Auckland is today one of New Zealand's major wine producing regions and Henderson has one of the largest clusters of wineries in the country.’
    • ‘The region nearly always suffers a period of water stress in the hot, dry spring.’
    • ‘Such areas may be sub-national regions, countries, or groupings of countries.’
    • ‘This region was always a good producer of a quality store and Mark always recognised that fact.’
    • ‘Professor Byrne dealt with the question of how learning providers can play a binding role in uniting regions across county boundaries.’
    • ‘As universities accommodated this changing clientele, boundaries weakened between regions, towns, classes, races, and the sexes.’
    • ‘This country's southern states have always been more culturally and politically conservative than other regions.’
    • ‘These opportunities presented themselves when grain, destined for towns or populous regions, moved through areas themselves suffering from food shortage.’
    • ‘Bosnia took on a special significance as the boundary region between the two empires.’
    • ‘I think the region has always been leading the way a bit and will continue to do that.’
    • ‘The global market is distinguished on the basis of major geographic regions, with a special breakout on China.’
    • ‘It's about protecting the rural character and open space of hinterland areas in the region.’
    • ‘Once the teaching element of the site is on-line, these efforts can be expanded far beyond the boundaries of our region.’
    • ‘They lived in one of the last thatched houses in the region and always kept it in wonderful shape.’
    • ‘In medieval times too the area was a major region of agricultural production, with a high density of small villages and hamlets.’
    • ‘These regions had become the major employing regions of the nation.’
    area, sector, section, belt, territory, tract, stretch, expanse, district, quarter, precinct, locality, neighbourhood, province, land
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    1. 1.1 An administrative district of a city or country.
      • ‘The six volumes of the paper directory will be distributed to the respective regions between now and November.’
      • ‘Little or no differential is reported between salaries achieved in the city compared with the regions.’
      • ‘Namibia last week scored an African first with the introduction of video conferencing facilities in all its administrative regions.’
      • ‘It lasted for nine days in all and reduced three of the fourteen regions of the city to rubble, leaving only four regions untouched.’
      • ‘Another resident said the water trucks came to their region twice but distributed only to those who paid.’
      • ‘He wrote the names of the regions and cities in the Arabic script.’
      • ‘Investments in the billions have stabilised entire cities and regions, which seemed to be hopelessly doomed to decline.’
      • ‘Notably, delinquencies rose in all four regions during the fourth quarter.’
      • ‘Several regions or cities with high levels of atmospheric pollution, such as Athens in Greece and parts of China, generally experienced low levels of asthma.’
      • ‘The vast population of the DRC is divided into ten administrative regions.’
      • ‘It takes years to train people to run clubs, to run districts and to run regions.’
      • ‘The President wants to have all regions, districts and constituencies linked together.’
      • ‘Going local means printing multiple editions with separate pages for different districts or regions.’
      • ‘Certain functions are best undertaken or coordinated at a regional level, so regions will always be required.’
      • ‘The decisions people in this category make (particularly where to locate) will affect which cities or regions thrive or wither.’
      • ‘It is divided into ten administrative regions, exclusively staffed from the central government.’
      • ‘Alberti profiled some 300 cities in nineteen regions.’
      • ‘This pressure prompted King Alexander I to split the traditional regions into nine administrative provinces.’
      • ‘Senegal is divided into 11 administrative regions, each headed by a governor appointed by and responsible to the president.’
      • ‘The health boards are being replaced by a single national body, the Health Service Executive, which will have four administrative regions.’
      district, province, territory, division, area, section, sector, zone, belt, tract, stretch, expanse, terrain, part, quarter, locality, locale
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    2. 1.2 A part of the body, especially around or near an organ.
      ‘an unexpected clenching sensation in the region of her heart’
      • ‘Testosterone supplementation produced lean body mass increases detectable in all body regions.’
      • ‘About 80 percent of spina bifida cysts are in the lower back's lumbar and sacral regions.’
      • ‘In many regions of the body the lymphatic tissues are not sharply delineated, but occur as infiltrations into the mucous membranes.’
      • ‘Anteroposterior and lateral radiographs of the thoracic or lumbar regions are indicated in patients with localized tenderness or a suspicious mechanism of injury.’
      • ‘An injection of local anaesthetic into the epidural space in the lower back results in a loss of sensation in the pelvic region and legs.’
      • ‘The accident report form provided details for three injury types and three body regions.’
      • ‘Paraspinal tumors in the cervical, thoracic or abdominal regions may extend into the neural foramina and cause signs and symptoms of nerve root or spinal cord compression.’
      • ‘This form of anesthesia is used to block sensation in a particular region of your body.’
      • ‘The growth of and decline in the numbers of synapses in various regions of the cerebral cortex are closely associated with critical periods in development.’
      • ‘The head and neck encompasses many vital structures and is one of the most complex anatomical regions in the body.’
      • ‘Your child's weight should also be managed properly, because excess weight can cause strain in regions of the body.’
      • ‘All visible regions of the thoracic aorta were fully explored in every patient, including the proximal ascending aorta beginning at the aortic valve.’
      • ‘Data were classified as early or late responses, as well as with respect to whether the lavages were of the bronchial or alveolar regions of the lung.’
      • ‘Thoracic and lumbar curves have apex vertebrae in the middle of the thoracic and lumbar regions, respectively.’
      • ‘Lying causes activity in the frontal part of the brain, including the medial inferior and pre-central areas, as well as the hippocampus and middle temporal regions and the limbic areas.’
      • ‘Radiation therapy to the abdominal and pelvic regions in children and adolescents may potentially expose the ovaries to radiation and cause premature ovarian failure.’
      • ‘Occasionally, a half-vertebra is found in the thoracic and lumbar regions and very rarely in cervical and sacral vertebrae.’
      • ‘This reduces the spaces in the thoracic and lumbar regions of the body, which creates undue pressure for the metabolic process and for the functioning of the organs of the body.’
      • ‘Critical to the improvement of gas exchange was the restored aeration to dorsal lung regions.’
      • ‘They lie in particular positions that differ among organs and regions of organs.’
    3. 1.3 An area of activity or thought.
      ‘his work takes needlework into the region of folk art’
      • ‘But most art history programs are not able to support specialization in all regions.’
      domain, realm, province, field, area, territory, arena, department
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Phrases

  • in the region of

    • Approximately.

      ‘annual sales in the region of 30 million’
      • ‘Mr. Stokes stated that the cost would be in the region of £4,900 and that it may be possible.’
      • ‘The factory employs in the region of 100 people, many of them on work visas from Brazil and other places.’
      • ‘He was atrocious off the tee and missed something in the region of twelve fairways in the thirty-six hole decider.’
      • ‘Somewhere in the region of 60 paintings will be on display by local artists.’
      • ‘It is estimated that the average Irish household now has in the region of 4.5 television sets per house.’
      • ‘There was in the region of 350 people there on the night making it a very successful night for the primary school.’
      • ‘The operation is extensive and looks set to cost somewhere in the region of €1.5 million.’
      • ‘Over the last number of years the annual expenditure on the Rose was somewhere in the region of 1.2 million.’
      • ‘The spillage that occurred recently was in the region of five tonnes.’
      • ‘The work that remains to be done in the church will cost in the region of €6,000.’
      approximately, about, around, roughly, in the neighbourhood of, in the area of, of the order of, something like, some, round about, close to, near to, just about, practically, more or less
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Origin

Middle English: from Old French, from Latin regio(n-) ‘direction, district’, from regere ‘to rule, direct’.

Pronunciation

region

/ˈridʒən//ˈrējən/