re ‧ gion S1 W1 AC /ˈriːdʒ ə n/ BrE AmE noun [countable]
[ Word Family: noun : ↑ region , ↑ regionalism ; adverb : ↑ regionally ; adjective : ↑ regional ]
[ Date: 1300-1400 ; Language: Old French ; Origin: Latin regio , from regere ; ⇨ ↑ regent ]
1 . a large area of a country or of the world, usually without exact limits SYN area :
efforts to bring peace to the region
the Choco region of Columbia
coastal/border/central etc region
Flooding is likely in some coastal regions of the Northeast during the early part of the week.
2 . a particular part of someone’s body SYN area :
the lower back region
a region of the brain
3 . (somewhere) in the region of something used to describe an amount of time, money etc without being exact:
a grant somewhere in the region of £2,500
4 . the regions British English the parts of a country that are away from the capital city:
a government policy to relocate jobs from the capital to the regions
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▪ area a part of a town or country, or of the world:
They live in a very wealthy area.
▪ region a large area of a country or the world:
the northwest region of Russia
▪ zone an area that is different from other areas around it in some way:
a war zone
a no-parking zone
We crossed two different time zonesareas where there is a particular time compared to the rest of the world.
▪ district one of the areas a city or town is officially divided into, or an area of a city where a particular group live or an activity happens:
the Chelsea district of Manhattan
| the business/financial/theatre etc district :
the financial district of London
▪ neighbourhood British English , neighborhood American English /ˈneɪbəhʊd $ -ər-/ an area of a town where people live:
a friendly neighbourhood
There are lots of trees in our neighborhood.
▪ suburb an area outside the centre of a city, where people live:
a suburb of Boston
▪ quarter an area of a town or city where people of a particular nationality live:
the French quarter of New Orleans
▪ slum an area of a city that is in very bad condition, where many poor people live:
He grew up in the slums of East London.
▪ ghetto an area of a city where poor people of a particular race or class live:
a black baby born in the ghetto