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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Days after the 2020 presidential election, before all votes were counted and Joseph R. Biden was declared the winner, cyber experts and analysts piled into suites at the Trump Hotel in Washington and other hotel rooms in the area. Los Angeles Times, 17 June 2022 Commissioners noted that apartment development in the area was previously capped at 200 that have already been built. Don Stacom, Hartford Courant, 17 June 2022 Given soaring rents and the dearth of housing in the area, there will be interest. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 June 2022 Among those in the audience were Brenda Cassellius, the outgoing superintendent of Boston Public Schools, former and current students and staff and faculty of the CMCB, and people who happened to be eating at the cafe or in the area. Serena Puang,, 17 June 2022 Chilies grown in this area or only grown during the first few months of the year, and need near-constant irrigation. Morayo Ogunbayo, ajc, 17 June 2022 At least one other fire sparked in the area Friday afternoon. Anastasia Hufham, The Salt Lake Tribune, 17 June 2022 Technology has gone a very long, amazing way in this area. Javier Hasse, Forbes, 17 June 2022 Previous raids in the area have targeted ISIS founder Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who killed himself during an October 2019 raid, and his successor, Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi, who blew himself up during a U.S. raid in February. Peter Weber, The Week, 16 June 2022 See More

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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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20 Jun 2022

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“Area.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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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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