Definition of field verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    field

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//fiːld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//fiːld//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they field
    BrE BrE//fiːld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//fiːld//
     
    he / she / it fields
    BrE BrE//fiːldz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//fiːldz//
     
    past simple fielded
    BrE BrE//ˈfiːldɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfiːldɪd//
     
    past participle fielded
    BrE BrE//ˈfiːldɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfiːldɪd//
     
    -ing form fielding
    BrE BrE//ˈfiːldɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfiːldɪŋ//
     
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  1. 1[transitive] field somebody/something to provide a candidate, speaker, team, etc. to represent you in an election, a competition, etc. Each of the main parties fielded more than 300 candidates. England fielded a young side in the World Cup.
  2. in cricket/baseball
  3. 2[intransitive] to be the person or the team that catches the ball and throws it back after somebody has hit it He won the toss and chose to field first. See related entries: Cricket
  4. 3[transitive] field something to catch the ball and throw it back He fielded the ball expertly.
  5. questions
  6. 4[transitive] field something to receive and deal with questions or comments The BBC had to field more than 300 phone calls after last night's programme.
  7. Word Origin Old English feld (also denoting a large tract of open country; compare with veld), of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch veld and German Feld.
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