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

Definition of greenfield

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

Examples of greenfield in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the Kentucky factory plan fell apart in recent years as Rusal backed out, leaving an empty greenfield and angry state legislators trying to claw back a $15 million taxpayer investment in the project. Rachel Woolf For Cnn, CNN, 4 Apr. 2022 In states across the country, policymakers are creating greenfield for entrepreneurial educators. Mike Mcshane, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2022 During a conference, GM President Mark Reuss highlighted that the company is utilizing existing facilities for the conversion rather than building greenfield sites which will save GM time and money. Sam Abuelsamid, Forbes, 25 Jan. 2022 However, all of the foreign investment in the U.S. took the form of purchases of existing businesses, rather than through what are known as greenfield projects that involve the construction of new factories or the expansion of existing facilities. Paul Hannon, WSJ, 19 Jan. 2022 The two are partnering up on one of Europe’s biggest urban development projects, Urban Lakeside/Aspern, a greenfield city designed to create 20,000 jobs, an industrial park and a research center. Hec Paris Insights, Forbes, 10 Dec. 2021 Another proposal is to support the Norwich Community Development Corp., a nonprofit economic development arm of Norwich, which has developed and manages the city’s business park and has a purchase and sale agreement for a greenfield site. Stephen Singer,, 26 Dec. 2021 For Eastek, the expansion was the choice to develop a strategic relationship with The Entrada Group versus investing in their own greenfield. Kate Vitasek, Forbes, 30 Oct. 2021 Imagine the creation of a greenfield manufacturing facility with no IT infrastructure and after only 18 months, runs on a digital platform with completely paperless production in its core manufacturing processes. Forbes, 18 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of greenfield

1940, in the meaning defined above

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“Greenfield.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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Greenfield geographical name

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

Definition of Greenfield

city in southeastern Wisconsin near Milwaukee population 36,720

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