ar·​ea | \ ˈer-ē-ə How to pronounce area (audio) , ˈā-rē-ə \

Definition of area

1 : the surface included within a set of lines specifically : the number of unit squares equal in measure to the surface — see Metric System Table, Weights and Measures Table
2 : the scope of a concept, operation, or activity : field the whole area of foreign policy
3 : areaway
4 : a particular extent of space or surface or one serving a special function: such as
a : a part of the surface of the body
b : a geographic region
5 : a level piece of ground
6 : a part of the cerebral cortex having a particular function

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Examples of area in a Sentence

Settlers came to this area from the east. The group visited the area during a hunting trip. in the area surrounding the lake The storm caused damage in many areas along the coast. a bird found only in remote areas of the U.S. in many areas of the world He is the metropolitan area's most popular politician. He lived in an unfashionable area of the city. She set aside a work area in the kitchen. The dining area has extra windows.
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Recent Examples on the Web Previous studies have documented rock art with scenes of cattle herding in the area. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, "Did a Neolithic Cattle Cult Build These Sprawling Structures in Saudi Arabia?," 1 May 2021 Environmentalists have an interest in the area as well. London Gibson, The Indianapolis Star, "Indianapolis residents watch neighborhoods change, forests disappear with development," 30 Apr. 2021 And Joubert is planning to become a Realtor in the area. Liam Dillon Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "The remote work revolution is transforming, and unsettling, resort areas like Lake Tahoe," 30 Apr. 2021 Elkadri and her husband, who are of Lebanese descent, are among the increasing number of Muslims in the area. Thomas Beaumont, ajc, "'I'm still exhaling': Swing-state voters on Biden's 100 days," 30 Apr. 2021 The report said Indonesian naval officials consulted satellite images from the region and determined that these massive waves were in the area at the time of the sinking. Fox News, "Doomed Indonesian sub may have been hit by powerful underwater wave: report," 30 Apr. 2021 But this much is clear: The landscape in the area has already changed dramatically. CNN, "What happened when border wall construction froze," 30 Apr. 2021 And the non-native animals have long been a nuisance in the area. Shanti Lerner, USA TODAY, "Grand Canyon NP seeks 'skilled' hunters to reduce bison population inside the park," 30 Apr. 2021 Once power was completely restored in the area overnight, village service department crews set about removing at least one large tree still blocking the roadway, which was reopened around 10:30 a.m. April 23. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, "Village sees Code Red over downed trees, power lines: Hunting Valley Police Blotter," 30 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of area

circa 1552, in the meaning defined at sense 5

History and Etymology for area

Latin, open space, threshing floor; perhaps akin to Latin arēre to be dry — more at arid

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3 May 2021

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“Area.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of area

: a part or section within a larger place
: a section of space within a building, room, etc.
: a part of the surface of something (such as a person's body or a piece of cloth)


ar·​ea | \ ˈer-ē-ə How to pronounce area (audio) \

Kids Definition of area

1 : region sense 1 a farming area
2 : the amount of surface included within limits the area of a triangle
3 : a part of the surface of something
4 : a field of activity or study the area of medicine


ar·​ea | \ ˈar-ē-ə, ˈer- How to pronounce area (audio) \

Medical Definition of area

: a part of the cerebral cortex having a particular function — see association area, motor area, sensory area

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