area

noun
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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Synonyms for area

Synonyms

demesne, field, region, zone

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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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In the meantime, reducing ear pressure comes down to relieving congestion and swelling in areas like the nose and throat to open up those Eustachian tubes. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Here’s How to Get Relief From Ear Pressure When You’re Sick," 9 Apr. 2019 Many of these homes are located in areas where their downtown location is not nearly as exciting as yours. Eric Whitmer, House Beautiful, "What You Should Know Before Buying A Mid-Century Modern Home," 5 Apr. 2019 Polvsen has taken a special interest in rural areas. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Giant Skyscraper in Rural Denmark Will Be Seen For Miles," 2 Apr. 2019 Javier Zarracina These larger turbines are better able to capture wind in less gusty areas, increasing the capacity factor. Umair Irfan, Vox, "4 maps that show who’s being left behind in America’s wind-power boom," 28 Mar. 2019 Simply place the shades of your choosing in concentrated areas on your eye, then take a fluffy brush to blend. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "9 Pretty Spring 2019 Makeup Trends You're Going to See Everywhere," 5 Mar. 2019 In London, generally more progressive than Middle England, most people bucked the national trend; across all 33 boroughs in the capital, 59.9 percent voted in favor of remaining, and in some areas the remain vote was more than 70 percent. Janine Di Giovanni, Town & Country, "Is Brexit Ruining London Dinner Parties?," 25 Feb. 2019 Eggshell is a great option for walls in medium- to low-traffic areas, and can be easily cleaned. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Choosing the Right Paint Finish: Eggshell Vs. Satin," 25 Feb. 2019 May Mobility has shuttle services in the Detroit and Columbus metropolitan areas. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "The hype around driverless cars came crashing down in 2018," 30 Dec. 2018

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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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The first known use of area was circa 1552

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area

noun

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)

area

noun
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

area

noun
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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