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Definition of "area" []

  • A roughly bounded part of the space on a surface; a region: a farming area; the New York area. (noun)
  • A surface, especially an open, unoccupied piece of ground: a landing area; a playing area. (noun)
  • A distinct part or section, as of a building, set aside for a specific function: a storage area in the basement. (noun)
  • A division of experience, activity, or knowledge; a field: studies in the area of finance; a job in the health-care area. (noun)
  • An open, sunken space next to a building; an areaway. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "area" in a sentence
  • "D. C.-area drivers put up with a lot: Jam-packed roads, distracted drivers and bottlenecked highways, but cars swerving into oncoming traffic just to shave a few seconds off the morning commute is a bit much for some in Arlington - even by area standards."
  • "D. C.-area residents know how smart they are (a recent Brookings Institution report noted that area residents are the best educated in the country)."
  • "L. A.-area residents can determine if their home is within Sezmi's service coverage area at the startup's Web site."