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field

noun uk   /fiːld/ us  

field noun (LAND)

A2 [C] an area of land, used for growing crops or keeping animals, usually surrounded by a fence: We drove past fields of ripening wheat. The cows were all standing in one corner of the field. the field an area of land in which you are working or studying: I spoke to an aid worker who had recently returned from the field.

field noun (SPORTS GROUND)

B1 [C] an area, usually covered with grass, used for playing sport: the school playing/sports field a football/hockey/rugby field take the field to go onto the field at the start of a game: There were loud cheers as the Irish team took the field.

field noun (AREA OF INTEREST)

B2 [C] an area of activity or interest: the field of history/science/medicine Are you still in the same field (= are you doing the same type of work)? not be/be outside your field to be something you do not know much about: Programming really isn't my field - you'd better ask Phil.

field noun (COMPETITORS)

C2 [S, + sing/pl verb] all the competitors taking part in a race or activity: The race started with a field of eleven, but two horses fell. We have a strong field this afternoon. Jones finished ahead of the field.

field noun (COMPUTER)

[C] specialized computing a division of a database (= a collection of similar information on a computer) that contains a particular type of information, such as names or numbers

field

verb uk   /fiːld/ us  

field verb (BALL)

[I or T] to catch or pick up the ball after it has been hit in a game such as cricket or baseball, and to try to prevent the other team from scoring: He fielded the ball well. Our team is fielding first.

field verb (ANSWER)

[T] to answer something cleverly or to avoid answering something directly: He fielded some awkward questions very skilfully.

field verb (TEAM)

[T] to have or produce a team of people to take part in an activity or event: The company fielded a group of experts to take part in the conference.
(Definition of field noun, verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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