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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: 'piece of flat ground'

area

noun
     
Related topics: Maths
ar‧e‧a S1 W1 [countable]
1 a particular part of a country, town etc
in an area
Only cheeses made in this area may be labelled 'Roquefort.'
There were over 2 inches of rain in coastal areas.
area of
a working-class area of Birmingham
Many areas of Africa have suffered severe drought this year.
a rural area (=countryside) of woodlands and fields
Crime rates are significantly higher in urban areas (=towns, cities etc).
The police have searched the farm and the surrounding area (=the area around it).
children from the local area
a residential area of the town
2 a part of a house, office, garden etc that is used for a particular purpose:
Their apartment has a large kitchen area.
Come through into the dining area.
the reception area of the hotel
a storage area on the ground floor
3 a particular subject, range of activities, or group of related subjects:
The course covers three main subject areas.
This study has clearly identified a major problem area for the National Health Service.
We're funding research into new areas such as law enforcement technology.
area of
reforms in the key areas of health and education
4 the amount of space that a flat surface or shape covers
area of
an area of 2,000 square miles
a formula to calculate the area of a circle

➔ grey area

at grey1 (7)

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