area

noun
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

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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But the report was mixed for sectors that push freight through logistics networks, with most of the job gains coming in areas such as health care and administrative services that don’t produce much shipping volume. Jennifer Smith, WSJ, "Warehouse Hiring Surges on Rising E-Commerce Demand," 3 May 2019 This is one of the reasons food deserts can be found in urban areas or very small towns. Jessica Booth, Redbook, "Everything You Need To Know About Food Deserts," 29 Apr. 2019 All in all, no matter how the tropical weather pans out, Kottlowski advises that everyone living in hurricane-prone areas generate a safety plan. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "AccuWeather's 2019 Hurricane Forecast Predicts as Many as 14 Tropical Storms This Year," 17 Apr. 2019 The living area is an explosion of dark blue fabrics, including several by the fashion designer Jean-Paul Gaultier for Lelievre. Charles Curkin, ELLE Decor, "Urban Cowboy Meets Old World New York in a Textile Heir's Apartment," 25 Feb. 2019 Lindsey recommends the variety that’s made for your back and shoulders, which cover more surface area than the stomach ones. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "8 Ways People With Endometriosis Deal With the Pain," 24 Apr. 2019 After numbing the area with a topical cream, small incisions are created, using a fine and very precise blade. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Mandy Moore Just Proved How Natural Microbladed Brows Can Look," 22 Apr. 2019 Many urban areas are now swimming in the adult conveyances, which were once a children’s toy. Laura Forman, WSJ, "Scooter Critics Rage Against the Machines," 21 Apr. 2019 The western façade, giving onto the parvis, the open area before the cathedral, was not completed until around 1240, and the upper gallery of the nave and the two towers on the west façade were finished between 1225 and 1250. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "Notre Dame Cathedral Will Never Be the Same—and That's Ok," 19 Apr. 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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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 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

area

noun
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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