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  • 1A region or part of a town, a country, or the world.

    ‘rural areas of New Jersey’
    • ‘people living in the area are at risk’
    • ‘Macquarie held the view that rural areas should have towns constructed as service centres and places of government.’
    • ‘Up to 100,000 people move from towns into rural areas a year, said the minister.’
    • ‘Thirty-seven percent of those travelers were heading to small towns or rural areas.’
    • ‘Whether crossing rural areas or towns, the scenery was always graceful and neat.’
    • ‘A conference to shape the revival of the region's rural areas will be held at York Racecourse this month.’
    • ‘Most rural areas and many small towns lack a fixed telephone service.’
    • ‘Weddings in small towns and rural areas can be large affairs with the whole village attending.’
    • ‘State-regulated labour bureaux were established in the rural areas and smaller towns to oversee the flow of workers.’
    • ‘He uses acrylic oil paints to depict traditional settings from rural areas in the Northeast region.’
    • ‘These conditions are exacerbated in rural areas of the region, which tend to be poor.’
    • ‘There had been a huge population drift from the rural areas to the towns and cities.’
    • ‘We have seen the tangible benefits to those living in rural areas, especially older people living on their own.’
    • ‘Car sharing also reduces travelling costs and could help people in rural areas with limited public transport.’
    • ‘He pointed out that this area was one of the fastest developing areas in the town.’
    • ‘Much of the wealth he accumulated was invested in real estate in numerous rural areas in the vicinity of Lynn.’
    • ‘I think the relief road has developed some areas in the town.’
    • ‘The resulting mulch from the Christmas trees will then be used for landscaping projects on green areas in the towns.’
    • ‘More than two thousand people from the surrounding areas of the town came in to witness the match.’
    • ‘The majority of the new settlers lived in rural areas and earned their living through farming.’
    • ‘Householders identified a sense of security and safety as one of the positive features of living in rural areas.’
    district, region, zone, sector, quarter
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    1. 1.1with modifier A space allocated for a specific purpose.
      ‘the dining area’
      • ‘Outside, the front garden features a large lawn, a tiled patio area and space to park a fleet of cars.’
      • ‘It would also include a new corridor, an extended reception area and improved office space.’
      • ‘The interconnecting breakfast area has plenty of space for a family-sized table.’
      • ‘The kitchen/dining area is a large space with plenty of storage and a large electric stove.’
      • ‘There are barbecue facilities and a small picnic area overlooking the vineyard.’
      • ‘The back section of the auditorium, the equivalent of a balcony, is like a grassy picnic area.’
      • ‘Beach volleyball dominates one part of the beach, and a game of touch rugby is in full flow on the grass picnic area behind.’
      • ‘The main reception area is an open plan living, dining and kitchen area on the ground floor.’
      • ‘The proposed scheme will also improve existing public open space and play areas.’
      • ‘Alternatively if you do not cross the dam you will see a dirt road leading down to a picnic and b.b.q. area.’
      • ‘Our rooms opened out onto an open-air patio area with rooms along the opposite side too.’
      • ‘For one thing, there is practically no clear table space or work areas to lay out my supplies.’
      • ‘Combined with children's play areas and acres of space, it's a lovely place to spend a lazy sunny afternoon.’
      • ‘Plans also include open spaces with play areas to ensure homes are not overlooked.’
      • ‘The effect of water is best if found in the north of the living, dining or study area but not in the bedroom.’
      • ‘The severe lack of parking spaces in the harbour area of Stromness looks like being resolved.’
      • ‘Another feature solves the problem of how to have a leisure area in a confined space.’
      • ‘If you have items in storage areas with empty space, fill them with smaller items, and label them.’
      • ‘Outside, the apartment has a private patio area and a designated parking space.’
      • ‘The Unit has a sitting room area where people can get together and get any information required.’
      section, space, sector, part, portion, footprint
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    2. 1.2A part of an object or surface.
      ‘areas of the body’
      • ‘A system of longitudinal energy zones is believed to provide the link between the reflex areas and the body parts.’
      • ‘Uranium molecules in the blood can travel to every part of the body, including the areas where sperm and eggs are.’
      • ‘Compared to men, women feel pain in more areas of their body and for longer durations.’
      • ‘An area at the dorsal side is covered with a thin layer of surface deposits, on top of which are a few additional large deposits.’
      • ‘Jim began gently stroking Camalyn's side with his thumb in the area between the top of her hip and the bottom of her ribs.’
      • ‘Dolphin's brains are comparable with humans, but are more complex in certain areas, and whales' can be six times as large.’
      • ‘Rapid onset of effect may be seen in body areas with low blood flow and thin epidermal layers.’
      • ‘In the later stages, when it spreads out beyond the prostate itself into other areas of the body, the disease becomes much harder to treat.’
      • ‘Within a year after completion, large areas of the interior slab surface delaminated.’
      • ‘The system, in the form of antibodies, attacks and damages the nerve signal reception areas in the body.’
      • ‘My suggestion is that you should see a specialist, and tell him you want toning and reduction of certain areas of your body.’
      • ‘Most students learn to bind plastic cloth around the body, especially in areas that easily retain fat.’
      • ‘These commonly arise in areas of the body not much exposed to the sun, such as the back of the legs, soles of the feet, scalp and buttocks.’
      • ‘We'll be able to scan more patients, more quickly, and get more information about different areas of the body.’
      • ‘There are exercise classes on Monday and Wednesday nights to help you tone target areas of the body.’
      • ‘Creams should be applied to all exposed areas of the body and should be reapplied every four to five hours.’
      • ‘Hair is just what it is, fine fibres created to retain a little more heat around vital areas of the body.’
      • ‘The sword either turns on lights or sounds buzzers depending on the area of the body it touches.’
      • ‘Alternatively, smoke from burning moxa can be wafted over the painful area of the body using a smoke box.’
      • ‘Misconception number two is that fat cells migrate to treated areas from other parts of the body to keep an even distribution of body fat.’
  • 2The extent or measurement of a surface or piece of land.

    ‘the area of a triangle’
    • ‘the room is twelve square feet in area’
    • ‘The green is four feet square in area, and cut on the side of a 75-degree slope.’
    • ‘By the time the job was done, the bedroom had decreased in area by four square metres.’
    • ‘The two areas had a varied degree of protection against poaching despite being of a similar size in area.’
    • ‘Nor can all the States in the country be of the same size in area and population.’
    • ‘In a city of 14 million people and a land area of 6490 square miles, traffic is also a problem.’
    • ‘The problem was, given a circle, to construct geometrically a square equal in area to the given circle.’
    • ‘It is, after all, smaller than either country in area and has only one short land border.’
    • ‘As the size of the square changes, the area is recalculated.’
    • ‘Finding the area of a room is a common, everyday use of mathematics.’
    • ‘The size of the room you're in is probably best measured in terms of its area.’
    expanse, extent, size, scope, compass
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  • 3A subject or range of activity or interest.

    ‘the key areas of science’
    • ‘General repairs and maintenance - outside these three key areas - are not subject to the new laws.’
    • ‘They share this preoccupation with other disciplines and interdisciplinary subject areas in the humanities.’
    • ‘States are rational or instrumental actors, always seeking to maximize their interests in all issue areas.’
    • ‘She has progressed to staff nurse and then to sister and as a matron enjoys being able to develop skills in areas that most interested her.’
    • ‘Was it possible to make the subject areas more attractive to a broader range of students?’
    • ‘The product range covers all the large subject areas and levels of academic performance.’
    • ‘The remainder should leave school with basic skills in three key areas: maths, English and new technology.’
    • ‘First, it is incumbent upon us to extend the methods of science and reason to all areas of human interest.’
    • ‘Experienced training providers will be on hand to deliver essential skills training in a whole range of areas.’
    • ‘Detailed guidance is also issued by the Department of Health on a range of areas of financial control.’
    • ‘The guidelines focus on key areas of the liturgy and offer suggestions as to the best way in which to approach the music choices.’
    • ‘The company attributes its growth to a focus on two key areas; excellent customer service and lower margin prices.’
    • ‘The big growth areas for First Choice are in specialist areas such as activity holidays and tailor-made safari trips.’
    • ‘I will focus on three key areas: carbon management, renewable energy, and nuclear power.’
    • ‘The health of the nation is one of the key areas the 2001 Census focused on.’
    • ‘He said this week that one of the key areas the review will focus on would be about providing care for people in their own homes.’
    • ‘Prior to the Budget, Mr van Huet had highlighted planning issues as a key area that had to be addressed.’
    • ‘Just moving on to a different area of interest for us is the issue of the employment status of police officers.’
    • ‘This review focuses on these key areas and underlines the major problem that the specialty faces namely, overcrowding.’
    • ‘The subject areas in which he was most interested were fishing, folk medicine, proverbs and sayings.’
    domain, sector, department, province, territory, compartment, line
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  • 4usually as modifier A sunken enclosure giving access to the basement of a building.

    • ‘a bicycle padlocked to the area railing’



/ˈerēə/ /ˈɛriə/


Mid 16th century (in the sense ‘space allocated for a specific purpose’): from Latin, literally ‘vacant piece of level ground’.