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noun area pronunciation in American English /ˈeriə/
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  1. 1
    [countable] a particular subject, type of activity, etc.
    Mathematics is a subject that has links with all other curriculum areas.
    What is your main area of concern?
    His particular area of expertise is engineering.
  2. 2
    [countable] a part of a city, town, country, etc.
    Bus service in rural areas is not very good.
    I went on a tour of Vancouver and the surrounding area.
    area of: My family has lived in this area of New England for years.
    1. a.
      a part of a building, space, etc. used for a particular purpose
      You can park only in designated areas (=places available for this purpose).
      Visitors should wait in the reception area.
  3. 3
    [countable] a place on the surface of something such as a part of your body
    Be sure to apply sunblock to sensitive areas of your skin.
  4. 4



    surface area

    [countable/uncountable] maths the amount of space that the surface of a place or shape covers. Area is expressed in square units, such as square kilometers or square miles
    The surface area of the screen should be at least one square meter.


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