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 \-ē-əl \ adjective
areally \-ə-lē \ adverb

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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Daiyon Bolden, 19, also of Waukegan, died about 5 a.m. Saturday, and another man in his 20s from Beach Park was taken to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injures. Rosemary Sobol,, "1 dead, 1 wounded in Waukegan shooting; 15-year-old boy charged," 14 July 2018 Twenty-five passengers were taken to area hospitals, according to Officer Roberto Gomez of the California Highway Patrol. Maya Lau And Irfan Khan,, "Tour bus driving from Pala Casino crashes in L.A., injuring 25," 14 July 2018 State Police spokesman Bill Sadler said Davis, 55, had been taken to an area hospital with unspecified injuries. Andrew Demillo, Fox News, "Police respond to attempted suicide by death row inmate," 13 July 2018 Both victims were taken by ambulance to area hospitals. Jennifer Baker,, "Police shoot, kill pit bull after 2 attacked in NKY," 13 July 2018 The finding electrified archaeologists, who already considered the area of great historical importance. Daniel Victor, New York Times, "Drought and Drone Reveal ‘Once-in-a-Lifetime’ Signs of Ancient Henge in Ireland," 13 July 2018 Entrepreneurs with a three-year track record of growth in the seven-county NW-ISBDC area of Lake, Porter, LaPorte, Jasper, Starke, Pulaski and Newton counties are eligible. Staff Report, Post-Tribune, "Community news," 13 July 2018 For example, there's the North Branch South TIF district near North Avenue and the Chicago River—in one of the hottest areas of town, where Jeff Bezos is thinking of moving his second Amazon headquarters. Ben Joravsky, Chicago Reader, "News / Politics / Poverty / Race Father Pfleger, top cop Johnson, and a tinge of hope for the city’s future," 13 July 2018 The three food truck workers were transported to an area hospital, officials said. Victoria Cheyne, Houston Chronicle, "Three women working in Houston food truck sexually assaulted at gunpoint," 10 July 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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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 \

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- \

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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