area

noun
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 \ ˈer-​ē-​əl , ˈā-​rē-​əl \ adjective
areally \ ˈer-​ē-​ə-​lē , ˈā-​rē-​ə-​ \ adverb

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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Start by applying hydrogen peroxide or witch hazel to the affected area. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "The Correct Way to Pop a Pimple," 21 Dec. 2018 The money for fiscal year 2018 — about $1.375 billion dedicated to particular areas — is still being doled out in contracts. Dara Lind, Vox, "Slats, fences, and wall, explained: what exactly the shutdown fight is about," 21 Dec. 2018 Plan your trip to an area adjacent to your actual destination and use public transportation to get around. Adam Schubak, Country Living, "The Best Tips For Affordable Trips and Travel on Any Budget," 19 Dec. 2018 Even if a fish could move to an area with a more appropriate climate, its usual food may not move at the same speed. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "What Will Be the Last Fish?," 10 Dec. 2018 Also discovered were deficiencies in other areas that might contribute to dementia, such as high levels of fasting insulin. Linda Marsa, Discover Magazine, "A New Treatment for Alzheimer's? It Starts With Lifestyle," 16 Nov. 2018 This flu season, Clorox is using data from smart thermometers to target ads to areas where people are sick. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Tim Cook wants a GDPR for the rest of the world," 24 Oct. 2018 Toney was responding to a call around 2:30 p.m. Saturday about a suspicious vehicle near Shiloh Middle School in the Snellville area, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) northeast of Atlanta. Fox News, "Chief: Officer kills man accused of killing Georgia officer," 23 Oct. 2018 Chemo is usually a systemic treatment, which means the drugs go into your bloodstream to reach nearly all areas of your body. Korin Miller, SELF, "What Are My Options for Ovarian Cancer Treatment?," 13 Dec. 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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The first known use of area was circa 1552

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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 \

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- \

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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