green·​field ˈgrēn-ˌfēld How to pronounce greenfield (audio)
often attributive
: land (such as a potential industrial site) not previously developed or polluted

Examples of greenfield in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The expansion will add 250,000 barrels of oil per day of new refining capacity, the equivalent of starting up a large greenfield refinery. David Blackmon, Forbes, 16 Mar. 2023 Inventory And Diagram All Network Assets Technologists rarely have a greenfield when designing a network. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 28 Nov. 2023 All these eclectic digital objects had the advantage of being relatively greenfield territory. Andy Greenberg, WIRED, 14 Nov. 2023 By contrast, Mexico does not display a high level of greenfield investment. Nathaniel Parish Flannery, Forbes, 8 Mar. 2023 While the drop in Chinese FDI in Europe was largely driven by a lethargy in Chinese mergers and acquisitions (M&A), greenfield investments by Chinese firms have remained relatively stable. Mary Hui, Quartz, 10 May 2023 More troubling, does B have practical experience negotiating and managing Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contracts for greenfield projects? Ann Rutledge, Forbes, 13 Aug. 2023 ExxonMobil has pulled out all the stops to get its Guyana find online as fast as possible: its discovery-to-extraction timeline is the shortest ever for a greenfield project of its scale. Amy Myers Jaffe, Foreign Affairs, 20 Jan. 2020 Within manufacturing, the computers and electronic products sectors took the largest share of greenfield investments, totaling $1.8 billion. Mary Hui, Quartz, 18 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1940, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of greenfield was in 1940

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“Greenfield.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Green·​field ˈgrēn-ˌfēld How to pronounce Greenfield (audio)
city in southeastern Wisconsin near Milwaukee population 36,720

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