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 While previously, few Indian companies were active SaaS buyers, now India has become a huge greenfield consumption playground for software in general, and SaaS in particular. Fortune, "Why India’s software startups are poised for global dominance," 30 Nov. 2020 This summer, for example, Rakuten Mobile built a greenfield 4G network in Japan based on software virtualization with the help of Qualcomm. Mike Freeman, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Looking beyond smartphones; Qualcomm launches new tech for 5G network gear," 20 Oct. 2020 The new plant will be built on a greenfield site in the Lordstown area. Olivera Perkins, cleveland, "New electric vehicle battery plant will bring 1,100 jobs near former Lordstown auto plant," 5 Dec. 2019 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

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1940, in the meaning defined above

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“Greenfield.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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