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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.Areas of land where crops are grownFarms and ranches 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.Environments and localities

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 fieldSurfaces on which sports take place 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.Competing in sportCompeting and contending (non-sporting)

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)?Topics and areas of interest 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.Topics and areas of interest

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.Competitors and participants in sports and games

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 numbersComputer concepts

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.CricketGeneral terms used in ball sportsBaseball and roundersGeneral terms used in ball sports

field verb (ANSWER)

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

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.Competitors and participants in sports and games
(Definition of field noun, verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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