region noun

1 area of land/part of a country

ADJ. large | small | entire, whole | distinct, particular, specific | northern, southern, etc. | central | border, far-flung, outlying, peripheral, remote | neighbouring, surrounding | unexplored | geographical | arid, coastal, desert, equatorial, jungle, mountain/mountainous, polar, tropical | Basque, Gulf, London, Pacific, etc. | autonomous | urbanized | rural | populated a sparsely populated region | economic | developed, industrial | developing | depressed, poor, underdeveloped the poorer regions of the continent | prosperous, rich Italy's richest region | oil-producing, etc.

VERB + REGION inhabit, live in Nomads have inhabited this region for thousands of years. | work in | leave | visit | divide sth into The country is divided into 17 autonomous regions. | confine sb/sth to This bird is largely confined to the southern regions of the country.

REGION + VERB cover sb/sth The champagne-producing region covers 34,500 hectares.

PREP. across a/the ~ Sports events across the region have been cancelled because of the weather. | from a/the ~ Twenty participants from the Asia-Pacific region will be invited to the seminar. | in/within a/the ~ The animal is found in the northern regions of Sweden. | in the ~ of (figurative) She earns in the region of (= approximately) £200,000. | throughout a/the ~ The plant is found throughout the western regions of the country.

PHRASES sth varies from region to region Sanitary facilities varied widely from region to region.

2 part of the body

ADJ. distinct, particular, specific | brain, etc.

PREP. from a/the ~ tissue from the mouth region | in/within a/the ~ cells in a particular region of the brain