Meaning of “area” in the English Dictionary

"area" in British English

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uk /ˈeə.ri.ə/ us /ˈer.i.ə/

area noun (PLACE)

B1 [ C ] a particular part of a place, piece of land, or country:

All areas of the country will have some rain tonight.
The area of New York to the south of Houston Street is known as Soho.
Houses in the London area (= in and around London) are very expensive.
He's an area manager (= is responsible for business in a particular area) for a computer company.
This is a very poor area.
Dogs are not allowed in the children's play area.

More examples

  • The area depends on agriculture for most of its income.
  • Debris from the aircraft was scattered over a large area.
  • This area of the park has been specially designated for children.
  • Some species exist in this small area of forest and nowhere else on earth.
  • There was more rainfall than usual this summer in the mountain areas.

area noun (SUBJECT)

B2 [ C ] a subject or activity, or a part of it:

Marketing is Paul's area.
Software is not really my area of expertise.

More examples

  • Matters of discipline fall outside my area of responsibility.
  • Electronic publishing is a growth area.
  • The law in this area is very strict and doesn't allow us much room for manoeuvre.
  • OK, this seems to be an area of disagreement, so let's vote on it.
  • The book will encourage research in this very important area.


(Definition of “area” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"area" in American English

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us /ˈeər·i·ə/

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.:

[ 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)

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)

"area" in Business English

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areanoun [ C ]

uk /ˈeəriə/ us

a particular part of a place, piece of land, or country:

This is an area of the city where 48% of the properties are rental properties.
Our goal is to grow the total number of jobs in the metropolitan area and to provide the environment for companies to grow and prosper.
the reception/kitchen/parking area
the packaging/trading area

a subject or activity, or a part of it:

Principal growth in the past year has been in the area of new technology in manufacturing and medical settings.
He looked continually for ways to expand his startup firm's area of expertise

(Definition of “area” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)