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
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 Inland areas of Lake and McHenry counties could see the heaviest fog in the morning hours, meteorologists said. Katherine Rosenberg-douglas,, "Foggy conditions return during morning commute in Cook, Lake counties," 17 Sep. 2019 One of the main areas of focus was addressing the impacts of climate change in the Arctic, which is warming two to three times faster than the rest of the planet. Oliver Milman, Scientific American, "The Silenced: Meet the Climate Whistle-Blowers Muzzled by the Trump Administration," 17 Sep. 2019 WKBN Channel 27 reports deputies still haven’t found the two males, who ran into a wooded area near Donlan and Mahan Parker roads. Cliff Pinckard,, "Amish males seen drinking abandon horse-and-buggy after being pulled over by Ohio deputies," 17 Sep. 2019 In 2016, a company that had been building homes in the same area of town sold the last 20 lots in a subdivision to Boynton for about $1 million. Jesse Leavenworth,, "Manchester subdivision approved," 17 Sep. 2019 With Jadon Sancho, Marco Reus and Thorgan Hazard supporting Paco Alcácer, Dortmund's quick one-touch passing worked wonders by exploiting areas of the pitch that were open after long spells of possession for Barcelona., "Dortmund 0-0 Barcelona: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Ter Stegen Penalty Heroics Deny Hosts," 17 Sep. 2019 General relativity holds that the area of the event horizon is a vacuum with no structure. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Fresh analysis of LIGO data supports “no hair” theorem for black holes," 17 Sep. 2019 Pop-up stores like Mellon’s are thriving in Boston’s Seaport, a booming area of new retail, office, parks, and luxury condos that sits along a redeveloped section of waterfront. Kate Bowers, Fortune, "Testing the Luxury Shoe Market With a Salon on Wheels," 16 Sep. 2019 All three Daytona Beach victims got into a car with a stranger and their bodies were dumped in a secluded area, reports WPEC. Erin Donaghue, CBS News, "Genetic genealogy leads to arrest of "Daytona Serial Killer" suspect, officials say," 16 Sep. 2019

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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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26 Oct 2019

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The first known use of area was circa 1552

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How to pronounce area (audio)

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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