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acre

a·cre

acre

 
pronunciation:
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a unit of area equal to 43,560 square feet or 4,047 square meters, used in measuring land.
The property measures one and a half acres.They bought thirty acres of land and hope to start a small farm.
definition 2: (pl.) a large amount of land, or land in general.
They cut down acres of forest.
Word History
The word acre comes from the early English word acer. This word simply meant "a ploughed field." When the word "acre" was first used for an amount of land, it meant the amount of land that a pair of oxen could plough in one day. A three-acre field might differ in size from region to region. Later a law was passed in England that made an acre a standard unit of area.
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