adverb or adjective
\ 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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Examples of afield in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Others, noting that one of the bylines belonged to a Politico reporter who covers national security, turned their eye to hypothetical perpetrators even further afield, wondering if the draft was obtained in a hack. Matt Pearcestaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 4 May 2022 The 28 centers are far afield from Hartford, stretching north to Enfield, south to Branford and West Haven, and east to New London and Norwich. Stephen Singer, Hartford Courant, 17 Apr. 2022 His attention shifted farther afield after reading news stories about the decadeslong drought choking nearby states like Utah. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 Apr. 2022 But many others are migrating farther afield to Germany, France or Portugal, where language barriers can be daunting. New York Times, 21 Mar. 2022 However, the group is international in its scope, has members in Ukraine and Belarus, and has links to members farther afield. Matt Burgess, Wired, 18 Mar. 2022 While many Las Vegas visitors never venture off the Strip, there still are jackpots to be won by exploring some of the region's attractions farther afield. CNN, 12 Feb. 2022 There are even more options only slightly farther afield. Ted Loos, Robb Report, 23 Jan. 2022 Liu used to work for the owner of the Kung Fu Kitchen in Times Square, which offers some of the same dishes as the Alexandria storefront but also wanders farther afield. Washington Post, 13 Dec. 2021 See More

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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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11 May 2022

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“Afield.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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\ 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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