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"field" in British English

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fieldnoun

uk   /fiːld/  us   /fiːld/
  • field noun (LAND)

A2 [C] an ​area of ​land, used for ​growingcrops or ​keepinganimals, usually ​surrounded by a ​fence: We ​drove past fields of ​ripeningwheat. The ​cows were all ​standing in one ​corner of the field.
the field
a ​place where you are ​working or ​studying in ​realsituations, ​rather than from an ​office, ​laboratory, etc. : I ​spoke to an ​aidworker who had ​recentlyreturned from the field.

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  • field noun (SPORTS GROUND)

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

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  • field noun (AREA OF INTEREST)

B2 [C] an ​area of ​activity or ​interest: the field ofhistory/​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 ​betterask 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 ​racestarted with a field of eleven, but two ​horsesfell. We have a strong field this ​afternoon. Jones ​finishedahead of the field.

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fieldverb

uk   /fiːld/  us   /fiːld/
  • 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 ​avoidanswering a ​questiondirectly: He fielded some ​awkwardquestions 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.

-fieldsuffix

uk   / -fiːld/  us   / -fiːld/
an ​area of ​landcontaining a ​particularnaturalsubstance: an ​oilfield a ​coalfield
(Definition of field from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"field" in American English

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fieldnoun

  • field noun (LAND)

 us   /fild/ [C] an ​area of ​land with ​grass or ​cropsgrowing on it: We ​drove past fields of ​wheat.
 us   /fild/ [C] A field can also be a ​largeareacovered by something or having something under ​itssurface: an ​oil field
the field
The field is a ​place where ​practicalwork is being done: He was a ​workingreporter in the field, not some ​anchorman in a ​studio.
  • field noun (AREA OF FORCE)

physics /fild/ [C] an ​area in which a ​particularforce has some ​effect: the ​magnetic field that ​surrounds the ​earth
  • field noun (SPORTS)

 us   /fild/ [C] a ​grassyarea used for ​playingsports: He ​ranlaps 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-countryracestarted 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.

fieldverb

 us   /fild/
  • field verb (ANSWER)

[T] to ​answerquestions, esp. ​difficult or ​unexpectedones: Be ​prepared to field some ​toughquestions from the ​senators after ​yourpresentation.
  • 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 ​teamplay 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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fieldnoun

uk   us   /ˈfiːld/
[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 ​statepresenting 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 ​trainsspecialists 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 ​jointlydevelop a new ​majoroil 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 ​databaseactivitymodule can have ​multiple fields of ​multipletypes, e.g. a ​text field called 'favourite colour' .
lead the field
to be in the ​leadingposition in a particular ​area of ​activity: A French ​company and its American ​subsidiarylead 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 ​interestrates 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   us   /fiːld/
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 ​dataanalysissupported by the National Geographic Society. Drawing on the author's field ​studies in the UK ​automobileindustry, this ​chapter suggests that ​managers should not ​try to ​adopt all ​recommendations.

fieldverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈfiːld/
to ​deal with ​questions: field questions/enquiries/queries The ​department also had to set up a ​toll-freenumber to field ​questions from anxious ​clients.
(Definition of field from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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