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 The army sent patrols to the area following the gunfire between the Muslim and Christian sides of the capital. Time, 15 Oct. 2021 Mexican theater chain Cinépolis renovated and opened the location in late 2018 as a dine-in theater with a full bar and specialized kitchen to cater to the area’s affluent locals and visitors. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, 15 Oct. 2021 Kiddos and grownups alike can jump into some fun next month as The World’s Biggest Bounce House returns to the San Antonio area. Megan Rodriguez, San Antonio Express-News, 15 Oct. 2021 Police went to the area at 3:17 a.m. Oct. 10 regarding a group of kids going through back yards. cleveland, 15 Oct. 2021 The army deployed heavily and sent patrols to the area to search for the gunmen, following the exchanges of gunfire between the Muslim and Christian sides of the capital. NBC News, 14 Oct. 2021 While the officers were headed to the area, the crash occurred, police said. Cameron Knight, The Enquirer, 14 Oct. 2021 Sporadic shooting continued even after army troops deployed to the area Thursday. Zeina Karam And Sarah El Deeb, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Oct. 2021 If a cyst is causing discomfort, try applying heat to the area, which can cause the cyst to drain on its own. Rebekah Kuschmider,, 14 Oct. 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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18 Oct 2021

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“Area.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of area

: a part or section within a larger place : region
: 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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