Definition of area noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈeəriə//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈeriə//
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    part of place
  1. 1  [countable] part of a place, town, etc., or a region of a country or the world mountainous/desert areas rural/urban/inner-city areas There is heavy traffic in the downtown area tonight. She knows the local area very well. John is the London area manager. Wreckage from the plane was scattered over a wide area. The farm and surrounding area were flooded. see also catchment area, conservation area, development area, no-go area
  2. 2  [countable] a part of a room, building or particular space that is used for a special purpose the hotel reception area a play/parking/dining area Synonymsplacesite area position point location scene spot venueThese are all words for a particular area or part of an area, especially one used for a particular purpose or where somebody/​something is situated or happens.place a particular point, area, city, town, building, etc, especially one used for a particular purpose or where a particular thing happens:This would be a good place for a picnic.site the place where something, especially a building, is or will be situated; a place where something happened or that is used for a particular purpose:They’ve chosen a site for the new school.area a part of a room, building or particular space that is used for a special purpose; a particular place on an object:the hotel reception area Move the cursor to a blank area on the screen.position the place where a person or thing is situated; the place where somebody/​something is meant to be:From his position at the top of the hill, he could see the harbour. The position of somebody/​something is often temporary: the place where somebody/​something is at a particular time.point a particular place within an area, where something happens or is supposed to happen:the point at which the river divideslocation a place where something happens or exists, especially a place that is not named or not known:The company is moving to a new location.scene a place where something happens, especially something unpleasant:the scene of the accidentspot a particular point or area, especially one that has a particular character or where something particular happens:The lake is one of the local beauty spots.venue the place where people meet for an organized event such as a performance or sports event.Patterns at a place/​site/​position/​point/​location/​scene/​spot/​venue in a(n) place/​area/​position/​location/​venue the place/​site/​point/​location/​spot/​venue where… the right place/​site/​position/​location/​spot/​venue a central site/​position/​location/​venue the/​somebody’s/​something’s exact/​precise place/​site/​position/​point/​location/​spot see also service area
  3. particular place
  4. 3  [countable] a particular place on an object Move the cursor to a blank area of the computer screen. The tumour had not spread to other areas of the body.
  5. subject/activity
  6. 4  [countable] area (of something) a particular subject or activity, or an aspect of it the areas of training and development Finance is Mark's area. The big growth area of recent years has been in health clubs. see also grey area
  7. measurement
  8. 5  [countable, uncountable] the amount of space covered by a flat surface or piece of land, described as a measurement the area of a triangle The room is 12 square metres in area. Britain occupies a total area of 88 798 square miles.
  9. football
  10. 6the area (British English) [singular] (in football (soccer )) = penalty area He shot from just outside the area. See related entries: Soccer
  11. Word Originmid 16th cent. (in the sense ‘space allocated for a specific purpose’): from Latin, literally ‘vacant piece of level ground’.Extra examples A large building with a floor area of 100m2. A lot of new people have moved into the area recently. Do not use the spray in enclosed areas. Few homes in the area had electricity. He slowly turned around, surveying the area. He was shown to a table in the VIP area. I explored the area on my day off. I live outside the London area. I’ll meet you in the reception area. Keep storage areas locked. People with this disability can cope well in most areas of life. Police patrol the area regularly. Search for area hotels on the website. Taxation is a very complex area. The course covers two main subject areas. The estate covers an area of 106 acres. The hotel has an outdoor area that rivals any Las Vegas hotel. The primary need is to identify problem areas. The proposals contain too many grey areas. The proposals contain too many grey/​gray areas= aspects that are not clear. The research explores three areas. The storm surges have brought significant flooding to low-lying coastal areas. The storms hit Boston and the surrounding area. There have been some exciting new developments in this area. Thousands of tourists visit the area every year. We are generally pleased with how the scheme is operating but there are one or two areas of concern. We are generally pleased with the results but there are a few areas of concern. We were in a secluded area far away from the rest of the school. Wreckage from the plane was scattered over a large area. You can only smoke in designated areas. environmentally sensitive areas people living in socially deprived areas the Mount Sunapee ski area in New Hampshire the area around San Francisco the widening economic gap between urban and rural areas Don’t ask me about finance—that’s Mark’s area. How do you work out the area of a right-angled triangle? Move the cursor to a blank area on the screen. The country has a total area of around a million square miles. The farm and surrounding area was flooded. The province covers an area roughly the size of Wales. The report covers several areas of social policy. There has been a fall in sales in certain areas. a play/​parking/​dining area mountainous/​desert areas
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: area