Definition of area in English:



  • 1A region or part of a town, a country, or the world.

    ‘rural areas of Britain’
    ‘people living in the area are at risk’
    • ‘There had been a huge population drift from the rural areas to the towns and cities.’
    • ‘More than two thousand people from the surrounding areas of the town came in to witness the match.’
    • ‘Weddings in small towns and rural areas can be large affairs with the whole village attending.’
    • ‘The majority of the new settlers lived in rural areas and earned their living through farming.’
    • ‘Up to 100,000 people move from towns into rural areas a year, said the minister.’
    • ‘State-regulated labour bureaux were established in the rural areas and smaller towns to oversee the flow of workers.’
    • ‘Most rural areas and many small towns lack a fixed telephone service.’
    • ‘Macquarie held the view that rural areas should have towns constructed as service centres and places of government.’
    • ‘Car sharing also reduces travelling costs and could help people in rural areas with limited public transport.’
    • ‘He pointed out that this area was one of the fastest developing areas in the town.’
    • ‘Whether crossing rural areas or towns, the scenery was always graceful and neat.’
    • ‘Thirty-seven percent of those travelers were heading to small towns or rural areas.’
    • ‘The resulting mulch from the Christmas trees will then be used for landscaping projects on green areas in the towns.’
    • ‘A conference to shape the revival of the region's rural areas will be held at York Racecourse this month.’
    • ‘Much of the wealth he accumulated was invested in real estate in numerous rural areas in the vicinity of Lynn.’
    • ‘I think the relief road has developed some areas in the town.’
    • ‘These conditions are exacerbated in rural areas of the region, which tend to be poor.’
    • ‘He uses acrylic oil paints to depict traditional settings from rural areas in the Northeast region.’
    • ‘Householders identified a sense of security and safety as one of the positive features of living in rural areas.’
    • ‘We have seen the tangible benefits to those living in rural areas, especially older people living on their own.’
    district, region, zone, sector, quarter
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    1. 1.1with modifier A space allocated for a specific use.
      ‘the dining area’
      • ‘Plans also include open spaces with play areas to ensure homes are not overlooked.’
      • ‘Our rooms opened out onto an open-air patio area with rooms along the opposite side too.’
      • ‘For one thing, there is practically no clear table space or work areas to lay out my supplies.’
      • ‘The main reception area is an open plan living, dining and kitchen area on the ground floor.’
      • ‘The effect of water is best if found in the north of the living, dining or study area but not in the bedroom.’
      • ‘Outside, the front garden features a large lawn, a tiled patio area and space to park a fleet of cars.’
      • ‘The kitchen/dining area is a large space with plenty of storage and a large electric stove.’
      • ‘The proposed scheme will also improve existing public open space and play areas.’
      • ‘If you have items in storage areas with empty space, fill them with smaller items, and label them.’
      • ‘The Unit has a sitting room area where people can get together and get any information required.’
      • ‘The back section of the auditorium, the equivalent of a balcony, is like a grassy picnic area.’
      • ‘The interconnecting breakfast area has plenty of space for a family-sized table.’
      • ‘Beach volleyball dominates one part of the beach, and a game of touch rugby is in full flow on the grass picnic area behind.’
      • ‘Combined with children's play areas and acres of space, it's a lovely place to spend a lazy sunny afternoon.’
      • ‘It would also include a new corridor, an extended reception area and improved office space.’
      • ‘There are barbecue facilities and a small picnic area overlooking the vineyard.’
      • ‘Alternatively if you do not cross the dam you will see a dirt road leading down to a picnic and b.b.q. area.’
      • ‘Another feature solves the problem of how to have a leisure area in a confined space.’
      • ‘Outside, the apartment has a private patio area and a designated parking space.’
      • ‘The severe lack of parking spaces in the harbour area of Stromness looks like being resolved.’
      section, space, sector, part, portion, footprint
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    2. 1.2 A part of an object or surface.
      ‘areas of the body’
      • ‘These commonly arise in areas of the body not much exposed to the sun, such as the back of the legs, soles of the feet, scalp and buttocks.’
      • ‘Most students learn to bind plastic cloth around the body, especially in areas that easily retain fat.’
      • ‘Creams should be applied to all exposed areas of the body and should be reapplied every four to five hours.’
      • ‘The sword either turns on lights or sounds buzzers depending on the area of the body it touches.’
      • ‘My suggestion is that you should see a specialist, and tell him you want toning and reduction of certain areas of your body.’
      • ‘The system, in the form of antibodies, attacks and damages the nerve signal reception areas in the body.’
      • ‘A system of longitudinal energy zones is believed to provide the link between the reflex areas and the body parts.’
      • ‘Uranium molecules in the blood can travel to every part of the body, including the areas where sperm and eggs are.’
      • ‘We'll be able to scan more patients, more quickly, and get more information about different areas of the body.’
      • ‘Within a year after completion, large areas of the interior slab surface delaminated.’
      • ‘An area at the dorsal side is covered with a thin layer of surface deposits, on top of which are a few additional large deposits.’
      • ‘There are exercise classes on Monday and Wednesday nights to help you tone target areas of the body.’
      • ‘Alternatively, smoke from burning moxa can be wafted over the painful area of the body using a smoke box.’
      • ‘Jim began gently stroking Camalyn's side with his thumb in the area between the top of her hip and the bottom of her ribs.’
      • ‘Rapid onset of effect may be seen in body areas with low blood flow and thin epidermal layers.’
      • ‘Dolphin's brains are comparable with humans, but are more complex in certain areas, and whales' can be six times as large.’
      • ‘In the later stages, when it spreads out beyond the prostate itself into other areas of the body, the disease becomes much harder to treat.’
      • ‘Misconception number two is that fat cells migrate to treated areas from other parts of the body to keep an even distribution of body fat.’
      • ‘Compared to men, women feel pain in more areas of their body and for longer durations.’
      • ‘Hair is just what it is, fine fibres created to retain a little more heat around vital areas of the body.’
    3. 1.3the areaSoccer
      short for penalty area
      • ‘Ronaldo rushes into the area and draws a decent save from Mirzapour with his left foot.’
      • ‘Instead Neville's mistake allowed Szamosi to scamper along the left and cut into the area.’
      • ‘Milton teased him with a clever low free-kick from outside the area that swished past the wall and out of reach at the near post.’
      • ‘Now, when he has the ball on the edge of the area, everyone cheers for him, encouraging him to take a shot.’
      • ‘Riggott tripped Alan Mahon on the left side of the area and Dunn sent Oakes the wrong way from the penalty spot.’
  • 2The extent or measurement of a surface or piece of land.

    ‘the area of a triangle’
    mass noun ‘the room is twelve square feet in area’
    • ‘The green is four feet square in area, and cut on the side of a 75-degree slope.’
    • ‘By the time the job was done, the bedroom had decreased in area by four square metres.’
    • ‘As the size of the square changes, the area is recalculated.’
    • ‘The size of the room you're in is probably best measured in terms of its area.’
    • ‘It is, after all, smaller than either country in area and has only one short land border.’
    • ‘Finding the area of a room is a common, everyday use of mathematics.’
    • ‘Nor can all the States in the country be of the same size in area and population.’
    • ‘In a city of 14 million people and a land area of 6490 square miles, traffic is also a problem.’
    • ‘The problem was, given a circle, to construct geometrically a square equal in area to the given circle.’
    • ‘The two areas had a varied degree of protection against poaching despite being of a similar size in area.’
    expanse, extent, size, scope, compass
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  • 3A subject or range of activity or interest.

    ‘the key areas of science’
    • ‘General repairs and maintenance - outside these three key areas - are not subject to the new laws.’
    • ‘Prior to the Budget, Mr van Huet had highlighted planning issues as a key area that had to be addressed.’
    • ‘The remainder should leave school with basic skills in three key areas: maths, English and new technology.’
    • ‘She has progressed to staff nurse and then to sister and as a matron enjoys being able to develop skills in areas that most interested her.’
    • ‘First, it is incumbent upon us to extend the methods of science and reason to all areas of human interest.’
    • ‘The big growth areas for First Choice are in specialist areas such as activity holidays and tailor-made safari trips.’
    • ‘They share this preoccupation with other disciplines and interdisciplinary subject areas in the humanities.’
    • ‘Was it possible to make the subject areas more attractive to a broader range of students?’
    • ‘The health of the nation is one of the key areas the 2001 Census focused on.’
    • ‘I will focus on three key areas: carbon management, renewable energy, and nuclear power.’
    • ‘Just moving on to a different area of interest for us is the issue of the employment status of police officers.’
    • ‘The product range covers all the large subject areas and levels of academic performance.’
    • ‘The subject areas in which he was most interested were fishing, folk medicine, proverbs and sayings.’
    • ‘States are rational or instrumental actors, always seeking to maximize their interests in all issue areas.’
    • ‘The company attributes its growth to a focus on two key areas; excellent customer service and lower margin prices.’
    • ‘This review focuses on these key areas and underlines the major problem that the specialty faces namely, overcrowding.’
    • ‘Experienced training providers will be on hand to deliver essential skills training in a whole range of areas.’
    • ‘The guidelines focus on key areas of the liturgy and offer suggestions as to the best way in which to approach the music choices.’
    • ‘Detailed guidance is also issued by the Department of Health on a range of areas of financial control.’
    • ‘He said this week that one of the key areas the review will focus on would be about providing care for people in their own homes.’
    domain, sector, department, province, territory, compartment, line
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  • 4usually as modifier A sunken enclosure giving access to the basement of a building.

    ‘the area steps’


Mid 16th century (in the sense ‘space allocated for a specific purpose’): from Latin, literally ‘vacant piece of level ground’.