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noun area pronunciation in British English /ˈeəriə/
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  1. 1
    [countable] a particular subject, type of activity etc

    Mathematics is a subject which has links with all other curriculum areas.

    What is your main area of concern?

  2. 2
    [countable] a part of a city, town, country etc

    Bus services in rural areas are not very good.

    I went on a tour of Vancouver and the surrounding area.

    area of:

    My family has lived in this area of 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
  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 kilometres or square miles

    The surface area of the screen should be at least one square metre.

  5. 5

    the area

    [singular] the penalty area on a football field

    He scored from the edge of the area.

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the activity of exploring abandoned buildings and other manmade structures

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