\ ə-ˈfēld How to pronounce afield (audio) \

Definition of afield

1 : to, in, or on the field was weak at bat but strong afield
2 : away from home : abroad
3 : out of the way : astray irrelevant remarks that carried us far afield

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Synonyms & Antonyms for afield


amiss, astray, awry, wrong


aright, right, well

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At least 18 people were injured Monday when far-right protesters, mobilized from surrounding areas and further afield, clashed with counter-protesters in the city center. Fox News, "Germany: Saxony governor goes to city shaken by protests," 30 Aug. 2018 Law-enforcement agencies from across China have been eager students of Xinjiang, with officials from as far afield as Shanghai and Hong Kong organizing study tours. Chun Han Wong, WSJ, "China Applies Xinjiang’s Policing Lessons to Other Muslim Areas," 23 Dec. 2018 He's gone as far afield as South America and Europe for weddings (the royal family of Sweden are clients), but no matter the location, Maranghello relishes his role on the big day. Jamie Rosen, Town & Country, "Prep Squad: Bridal Hair & Makeup," 20 Nov. 2013 Brown has even gone on cross-country road trips with the animal, toting the goat in his van as far afield as Florida and Kansas City, The Kansas City Star reports. Jared Gilmour, miamiherald, "‘That’s a wild animal.’ Horned ‘service’ goat triggers outrage on Detroit bus, video shows | Miami Herald," 27 Mar. 2018 Need an audio excursion that’s a bit more far afield? Corey Seymour, Vogue, "Khruangbin’s Con Todo El Mundo Is the New Soundtrack to Your Life," 23 Mar. 2018 Farther afield, the bobsled team of Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere, and Akuoma Omeoga bring a smile to my face. Ana Veciana-suarez, miamiherald, "We can learn a thing or two from the can-do mindset of Olympians | Miami Herald," 12 Feb. 2018 The cost of living in the major urban centers is so high that people move farther and farther afield. Lydia Kiesling, WSJ, "Trying to Hold on as California Burns," 21 Sep. 2018 But no change was made to the closing date, giving deer hunters in the South Zone two more weeks afield than hunters in the rest of the state. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Longer whitetail deer season in North Zone shot down," 24 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of afield

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for afield

Middle English afelde, going back to Old English on felda, on felde, from on on entry 1 + felda, felde, dative of feld field entry 1

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The first known use of afield was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of afield

: away from home : away from here or there


\ ə-ˈfēld How to pronounce afield (audio) \

Kids Definition of afield

1 : to, in, or into the countryside
2 : away from home People came from as far afield as Canada.
3 : out of a usual, planned, or proper course His question led the discussion far afield.

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to reflect, repel, echo, or resound

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