\ 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 For both the local Latin community and those further afield, the spot has held onto its rustic charm amidst the gentrification engulfing nearby areas. Leah Connolly, Billboard, "Where to Dance In: London," 9 Jan. 2020 But until more is known, potential cases — both in Wuhan and in places further afield — will have to be isolated and monitored. Helen Branswell, STAT, "Cause of Wuhan’s mysterious pneumonia cases still unknown, Chinese officials say," 5 Jan. 2020 Looking further afield, a few other things also seem clear. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "After Gordon Sondland’s Impeachment Testimony: What Will the Republicans Do Now?," 21 Nov. 2019 According to Goldstein, the Mentor sank en route to the island of Malta, where it was set to dock before traveling further afield. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Newly Discovered Treasures Came From the Same Sunken Ship That Carried the Controversial ‘Elgin Marbles’," 22 Oct. 2019 Also far afield is Dair Alzour, the eastern Syrian desert province where Islamic State remnants remain active. Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times, "Turkey says it can fight Islamic State. Its record is spotty," 13 Oct. 2019 Meanwhile, cash infusions and competition led to Colorado breweries opening taprooms as far afield as North Carolina or closer to home in Denver, as was the case for Oskar Blues, New Belgium, Odell and now Ska Brewing. The Denver Post, "Colorado’s biggest stories of the past decade," 31 Dec. 2019 For now, there is just a Balearic version but in future there are ambitions to spread the idea even further afield to Belgium and or even Germany. Matt Majendie, CNN, "How moment of 'madness' led to the launch of 'Spanish Royal Ascot'," 12 Dec. 2019 The manufacturer has stashed freshly minted Max around the Pacific Northwest and as far afield as San Antonio since the plane was grounded March 13. Jenna Schnuer, Fortune, "FAA Will Take Over Final Approval of Boeing 737 Max Jets, Slowing the Roll Out of New Planes," 27 Nov. 2019

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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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21 Jan 2020

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“Afield.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/afield. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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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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