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


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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More money would need to be set aside for parking areas and street projects to accommodate traffic once the school reached enrollment capacity. Lisa J. Huriash,, "Coral Springs drops plan to move charter school — for now," 5 June 2019 This will be the ninth Costco in the Houston area and the 33rd in Texas. Paul Takahashi, Houston Chronicle, "Costco to open long-awaited Cypress store in mid-July," 5 June 2019 Clearly, this is but a fraction of the total likely to have been present in the sponges home areas, and the data also give little idea of the size of those populations. The Economist, "Using sponges to census the ocean," 5 June 2019 Playing at Battle Ground Golf Club in Lafayette was a built-in advantage for the schools from the Indianapolis area and Lafayette. Mike Hutton,, "Regional roulette: Area golfers, coaches thrilled with move to Sandy Pines in DeMotte," 5 June 2019 Regions that grew faster than the U.S. average of 1.76% included San Francisco, Silicon Valley, the San Joaquin Valley, the Sacramento area and the Central Coast. Margot Roosevelt,, "California’s job engine is slowing as U.S. nears recession, UCLA predicts," 5 June 2019 Besides the high-cost program for rural areas and Lifeline for low-income Americans, the USF includes the E-Rate broadband program for schools and libraries and a telecom access program for rural health care providers. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Ajit Pai works to cap funding for rural and poor people, gets GOP backing," 4 June 2019 Scattered afternoon/evening Tstorms, strongest expected along the Palmer Ridge area and east into Lincoln County. Kirk Mitchell, The Denver Post, "Denver weather: Hail, thunderstorms, rain and warm temperatures continue Tuesday," 4 June 2019 Police are using heavy equipment to skim off layers out into an open area and go through the garbage with the dogs. Jon Lender,, "Police search Hartford trash plant for evidence in disappearance of New Canaan mother Jennifer Dulos," 4 June 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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The first known use of area was circa 1552

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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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