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\ 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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Recent Examples on the Web Hunter and angler license fees traditionally have underwritten state and federal fish and wildlife agencies, but fewer of these sportsmen and women are going afield as baby boomers age. Star Tribune, "Equity and inclusion in the outdoors means there's room for everybody," 23 Jan. 2021 The stars are encouraging you to look far afield for your success, so don’t let a language barrier or spiritual difference stand in the way of expansion and your own success! Tarot Astrologers,, "Daily horoscope for January 22, 2021," 22 Jan. 2021 Since the apartheid system of racial discrimination ended in 1994, Africa’s most developed economy has been a magnet for migrants from the continent and as far afield as Bangladesh. Gemma Gatticchi,, "Xenophobia Surges as Covid-19 Slams South African Economy," 20 Dec. 2020 In a career spanning more than a half-century, Mr. le Carré wrote more than two-dozen books and set them as far afield as Rwanda, Chechnya, Turkey, the Caribbean and Southeast Asia. Sarah Lyall, New York Times, "John le Carré, Best-Selling Author of Cold War Thrillers, Dies at 89," 13 Dec. 2020 His quest took him as far afield as Salonica, Jerusalem, Moscow, and New York City, culminating in a book about the history of Salonica’s Sephardic Jews. Yasmeen Serhan, The Atlantic, "Saving Uighur Culture From Genocide," 4 Oct. 2020 Winemakers are considering shipping their wine samples as far afield as Australia, and some are trying to break their grape contracts with farmers, who were already facing the harsh consequences of a statewide surplus. Esther Mobley,, "California's wineries tossed into chaos with backlogged tests for smoke taint," 23 Sep. 2020 Are these objects dimmer candles closer to home or vast pyres farther afield? Robin George Andrews, Scientific American, "Giant Galaxies from the Universe’s Childhood Challenge Cosmic Origin Stories," 27 Jan. 2021 With multiple agents not only touting him across Europe but also peppering the news media, in Ecuador and farther afield, with tips about his potential destination, many clubs that had been enticed by Caicedo’s enormous promise chose to walk away. New York Times, "Moisés Caicedo and the Perils of Too Much Interest," 21 Jan. 2021

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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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28 Feb 2021

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“Afield.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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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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