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English definition of “area”

area

noun  /ˈeər·i·ə/ us  

area noun (PLACE)

[C] a part of the earth’s surface of land and water, or a particular part of a country, city, town, etc.: an industrial/suburban/mountainous area [C] An area is also a particular part of anything that takes space: This area of the brain is called the cerebral cortex.

area noun (SUBJECT)

[C] a particular subject or activity: His area of expertise includes learning disorders.

area noun (MEASURE)

geometry [C/U] the measure of a flat space or surface: [C] You get the area of a rectangle by multiplying its length by its width.
(Definition of area from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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