area

noun
ar·​ea | \ ˈer-ē-ə, 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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Other Words from area

areal \ ˈer-​ē-​əl , ˈā-​rē-​əl \ adjective
areally \ ˈer-​ē-​ə-​lē , ˈā-​rē-​ə-​ \ adverb

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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Rothmans, an upscale men’s specialty store in Manhattan, once sold its suits in a separate downstairs area. Ray A. Smith, WSJ, "Dressing for Deals, Wall Street Bankers Face Fashion Pitfalls," 12 Jan. 2019 Most units feature a bathroom with shower, a kitchen, some sort of work and dining space, and a living room that converts into a sleeping area. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 5 best shipping container houses of 2018," 27 Dec. 2018 The four had a late lunch in London's Mayfair neighborhood on Sunday—a favorite area for the friends to dine out in. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Went on Not One, But Two Double Dates With Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas This Weekend," 23 Dec. 2018 Vancouver is a coastal area in British Columbia with a population of more than 630,000 people. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Hallmark's 'Mingle All the Way' Was Filmed in This Super Popular Canadian City," 1 Dec. 2018 For the ultimate color oomph, pick a single area of your makeup look to saturate with a poppy hue. Leah Melby Clinton, Marie Claire, "How to Make Your Boring LBD Feel New Again," 16 Nov. 2018 After applying foundation, your first inclination might be to reach for your classic setting powder brush, which is large, fluffy, and covers a large surface area in seconds. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Why You Should Always Apply Setting Powder With a Small Brush," 9 Nov. 2018 Start by applying hydrogen peroxide or witch hazel to the affected area. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "The Correct Way to Pop a Pimple," 21 Dec. 2018 The money for fiscal year 2018 — about $1.375 billion dedicated to particular areas — is still being doled out in contracts. Dara Lind, Vox, "Slats, fences, and wall, explained: what exactly the shutdown fight is about," 21 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 \

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- \

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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