noun, often attributive
green·​field | \ ˈgrēn-ˌfēld How to pronounce greenfield (audio) \

Definition of greenfield

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: land (such as a potential industrial site) not previously developed or polluted


geographical name
Green·​field | \ ˈgrēn-ˌfēld How to pronounce Greenfield (audio) \

Definition of Greenfield (Entry 2 of 2)

city in southeastern Wisconsin near Milwaukee population 36,720

Examples of greenfield in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The bank has also pledged not to provide financial services for new offshore oil and gas projects in the Arctic or new greenfield oil sands projects. Adrian Croft, Fortune, "Banks Set to Cash in on the Saudi Aramco IPO Want You to Know They’re Still Serious About Climate Change," 14 Nov. 2019 The team recommended philanthropic support for new grocery stores and limiting suburban sprawl by taxing large, new homes and greenfield development beyond the city with the revenue to be used to deal with urban blight. Peter Krouse, cleveland, "Better transit, restored neighborhoods, Internet for all: Cleveland Rising looks to redesign region," 30 Oct. 2019 Creating greenfield projects is bound to result in delays. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "In more bad news for the economy, India’s highway construction hits a speed bump," 17 Sep. 2019 In other words: Why fight over a quarter of the market when the rest is greenfield? By Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "Cloud Gaming Is Big Tech’s New Street Fight," 19 July 2019 Both commissioned high-capacity greenfield wells last month., "OPEC, Russia Supply Steady as Saudi Masks Venezuelan Drop," 1 Feb. 2018 Over the last decade, Chinese investors have spent more than $10 billion on greenfield projects in the United States. Don Lee,, "Casualty of trade war: Chinese investments in U.S. grind to a halt, blocking new jobs," 1 July 2019 Much attention is focused on large greenfield projects in developing nations, but China has built its network largely by acquiring control of up-and-running assets that play an essential role in developed economies. Christopher R. O'dea, National Review, "How China Weaponized the Global Supply Chain," 20 June 2019 Excluding repatriations, foreign investment flows were slightly up on the previous year, boosted by a 19% rise in cross-border mergers and acquisitions and a 29% increase in announcements of new factories and other greenfield projects. Paul Hannon, WSJ, "Overseas Investment Seen Rebounding as U.S. Firms Repatriate Less Profits," 21 Jan. 2019

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1940, in the meaning defined above

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“Greenfield.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

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