Meaning of “field” in the English Dictionary

"field" in British English

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uk /fiːld/ us /fiːld/

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

a place where you are working or studying in real situations, rather than from an office, laboratory, etc. :

I spoke to an aid worker who had recently returned from the field.

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field noun (SPORTS GROUND)

B1 [ C ] an area, usually covered with grass, used for playing sports:

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.

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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.

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field noun (COMPETITORS)

C2 [ S, + sing/pl verb ] mainly UK 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.

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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.


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(Definition of “field” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"field" in American English

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field noun (LAND)

us /fild/ [ C ] an area of land with grass or crops growing on it:

We drove past fields of wheat.

us /fild/ [ C ] A field can also be a large area covered by something or having something under its surface:

an oil field
the field

The field is a place where practical work is being done:

He was a working reporter in the field, not some anchorman in a studio.

field noun (AREA OF FORCE)

physics /fild/ [ C ] an area in which a particular force has some effect:

the magnetic field that surrounds the earth

field noun (SPORTS)

us /fild/ [ C ] a grassy area used for playing sports:

He ran laps around the football field after school.

field noun (COMPETITORS)

us /fild/ [ C/U ] all the competitors taking part in a race or activity, or all the competitors other than the leader:

[ C ] The cross-country race started with a field of 85 competitors.

field noun (AREA OF INTEREST)

us /fild/ [ C ] an area of activity or interest:

She is an expert in the field of economics.


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field verb (ANSWER)

[ T ] to answer questions, esp. difficult or unexpected ones:

Be prepared to field some tough questions from the senators after your presentation.

field verb (SPORTS)

[ I/T ] (in baseball) to catch or pick up the ball after it has been hit in order to prevent the other team from scoring:

[ T ] He fielded the ball cleanly and threw to first base.

[ I/T ] To field also means to have a person or a team play a sport:

[ T ] The university fields teams in 14 sports.

(Definition of “field” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"field" in Business English

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uk /ˈfiːld/ us

[ C ] a subject or area that you work in or study:

The assessment of microfinance programs remains an important field for researchers, policymakers, and practitioners.
I will be travelling throughout the state presenting best teaching practices in my field of expertise.
The institution has many top researchers in this field.

[ S ] a place outside an office or laboratory (= room used for scientific work) where practical work and research is done:

He also trains specialists on using the software, which interprets data gathered in the field.

[ C ] NATURAL RESOURCES an area of land or a sea bed where minerals can be found:

oil/gas/coal field Oil companies announced plans to jointly develop a new major oil field on Alaska's North Slope.

[ C ] IT a space in a database or file which can contain a particular type of information, for example, names or numbers:

Each entry in a database activity module can have multiple fields of multiple types, e.g. a text field called 'favourite colour' .
lead the field

to be in the leading position in a particular area of activity:

A French company and its American subsidiary lead the field in selling such items.
level playing field

a situation that is fair, because no competitor has an advantage over another:

A reduction in interest rates would enable the country's manufacturers to compete on a level playing field.
outside sb's field also not be sb's field

if something is outside someone's field, it is not a subject or type of work that they know much about:

It is not uncommon to work outside your field of expertise in today's economy.

fieldadjective [ before noun ]

uk /fiːld/ us

relating to practical work and research done outside the office or laboratory (= room used for scientific work):

The study was based on field research and data analysis supported by the National Geographic Society.
Drawing on the author's field studies in the UK automobile industry, this chapter suggests that managers should not try to adopt all recommendations.

fieldverb [ T ]

uk /ˈfiːld/ us

to deal with questions:

field questions/enquiries/queries The department also had to set up a toll-free number to field questions from anxious clients.

(Definition of “field” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)