playing field


Definition of playing field

1 : a field for various games especially : the part of a field officially marked off for play
2 : a set of conditions for competition usually used in such phrases as a level playing field

Examples of playing field in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In general, regulators are tasked with protecting market participants and creating a level playing field. Rayne Steinberg, Forbes, 8 Nov. 2021 Olivia Zhang/Associated Press A more liberalized system could align demand and supply better and potentially create a more-level playing field for renewable energy, too. Jacky Wong, WSJ, 19 Oct. 2021 But in the world of high school sports, there’s still an uneven playing field. Scott Nover, Quartz, 2 Aug. 2021 Yet no playing field, court, ring or fairway is safe from the disruptions of the coronavirus, a contrast to the spirit of reopening that has taken hold in many quarters. New York Times, 17 June 2021 Would be great to see them all on the field together to compare on a, um, level playing field. Evan Grant, Dallas News, 27 May 2021 Every team is dealing with the same level playing field. Safid Deen,, 25 Apr. 2021 Creating a level playing field for everyone When the Overwatch League went fully virtual last spring and played an online season, the operations team conducted a survey and realized that player connectivity was a primary issue. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, 14 Apr. 2021 The success of business depends on a level playing field, accountability, and rule of law—all of which are better guaranteed in democracies. Paul Polman, Fortune, 20 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of playing field

circa 1584, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of playing field was circa 1584

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27 Nov 2021

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“Playing field.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of playing field

: an area that is used for playing some sports especially : the part of a field that is officially marked as the place where the action of a game happens


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