Main meanings of acre in English

: acre1Acre2


Pronunciation /ˈeɪkə/

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  • 1A unit of land area equal to 4,840 square yards (0.405 hectare)

    ‘he farms 1,200 acres in East Yorkshire’
    • ‘a 15-acre estate’
    • ‘We want to fence off a quarter of an acre of our land to create a building plot with access from our existing driveway.’
    • ‘Yields of up to four tonnes an acre had been forecast before weather broke.’
    • ‘The ponds are three to four feet deep and range in area from an acre to more than ten acres.’
    • ‘Ten gophers on a single acre of land can move up to five tons of earth within one year.’
    • ‘It is located on just over an acre of land with a two-tiered service building and office block.’
    • ‘They had less than an acre of land to call their own, but it was their own and no one else's.’
    • ‘Also in some cases it seemed a two acre area would be required of those building the house.’
    • ‘Each villa will be set on an acre of land with a private pool and hot tub.’
    • ‘Outside, the gardens which surround the property extend to a quarter of an acre.’
    • ‘It is extremely private, with grounds extending to around three quarters of an acre.’
    • ‘Growers will be paid up to £750 an acre for a crop planted on land that at present brings in no income.’
    • ‘I grew up in Somerset, on a seven acre smallholding where my parents and sister still live.’
    • ‘Look out of your car window a few years from now and all you'll see is acre upon acre of golden oilseed rape.’
    • ‘This attractive building is set on three quarters of an acre on the outskirts of the village.’
    • ‘The house comes with three quarters of an acre and is situated near a river.’
    • ‘The house is on about an acre of grounds which have trees, flowering shrubs and a base for a hard tennis court.’
    • ‘Then it was just a farmhouse with less than an acre but he has since built it up into a holding of about 100 acres.’
    • ‘The property is standing on a third of an acre, with a vegetable patch and lawns.’
    • ‘Does it pay to treat every acre with an insecticide when only a few acres will be affected?’
    • ‘The house is surrounded by an acre of lush green lawns with mature shrubs sprinkled throughout.’
    grounds, ground, fields, open space, open area
    1. 1.1acres of informal A large extent or amount of something.
      • ‘acres of space’
      • ‘Time was when being Prime Minister carried acres of responsibility with a surprising amount of free time.’
      • ‘A woeful shot in acres of space by Mullan at the top of the penalty box was embarrassingly bad.’
      • ‘A long low ball across the field found the impressive Beauchamp in acres of space.’
      • ‘There is not a proposition or an insight I can bother to disagree with in these acres of amiable flannel.’
      • ‘Official Surrealism includes acres upon acres of bad painting, yet its ideas could not be more important to the century.’


Old English æcer (denoting the amount of land a yoke of oxen could plough in a day), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch akker and German Acker ‘field’, from an Indo-European root shared by Sanskrit ajra ‘field’, Latin ager, and Greek agros.

Main meanings of Acre in English

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proper noun

  • 1An industrial seaport of Israel; population 46,300 (est. 2008).

    Also called Akko

  • 2A state of western Brazil, on the border with Peru; capital, Rio Branco.