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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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 Unemployment aid has been another area where many jobless Americans have had problems accessing benefits. Author: Heather Long, Anchorage Daily News, "The US government approved trillions in aid. Many hard-hit families have yet to receive it.," 7 Apr. 2021 Los Angeles County, similarly, has seen drastic drops in the number of COVID cases after the area — the most populous county in the entire country — became overwhelmed with COVID-19 cases over the winter. Elinor Aspegren, USA TODAY, "New York, Maryland open vaccines for anyone over 16 as variants continue to spread. Latest COVID-19 updates," 6 Apr. 2021 Taking such steps only becomes more pressing as other parts of the country are struggling to contain what some experts worry could be a fourth wave of COVID-19, especially in Michigan, the New York area and New England. Luke Money, Los Angeles Times, "How much longer can California buck spring COVID-19 surge? There are concerns," 6 Apr. 2021 Wanza said there were also no other schools in the immediate area that had enough space to accommodate all Rickards students and still maintain space for social distancing and upcoming state testing. Scott Travis,, "Rickards middle school students move 18 minutes north to Broward College," 6 Apr. 2021 In an area with a high unemployment and poverty rate, when gas and oil companies come knocking with contracts to set up fracking operations on people’s lands, saying no to the upfront cash is a tough sell. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "Kick the Fracking Industry Out of Indian Country," 6 Apr. 2021 Green hydrogen is the obvious one that everybody is talking about now, and the oil companies are already targeting this area. Wood Mackenzie, Forbes, "Why Are Oil Majors Investing In Offshore Wind?," 6 Apr. 2021 H2Ohio has funded programs meant to fight the fertilizer run-off from farmers’ fields that makes its way into Lake Erie, contributing to the regular algal blooms, including one in 2014 that left the Toledo area without safe drinking water for days. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, "Ohio senators seek $1 billion bond issue in 2022 for Lake Erie and other Ohio waterways," 6 Apr. 2021 Renderings of the venue show pods of two to four lawn chairs gathered on small patches of green turf, each area enclosed on three sides by a white picket fence. oregonlive, "New socially distanced waterfront venue at Zidell Yards will host Waterfront Blues Fest, Portland Pride," 6 Apr. 2021

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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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9 Apr 2021

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“Area.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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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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