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afield

[uh-feeld] /əˈfild/
adverb
1.
abroad; away from home.
2.
off the beaten path; far and wide:
to go afield in one's reading.
3.
off the mark:
His criticism was totally afield.
4.
in or to the field or countryside.
5.
beyond the range or field of one's experience, knowledge, acquaintanceship, etc.:
a philosophy far afield of previous philosophical thought.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English afelde, Old English on felda. See a-1, field
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Examples from the web for afield
  • Last summer wheat was growing a kickoff distance afield of my door.
  • As the population expands, the animals tend to wander farther afield.
  • It's one of the fastest games afield, and it's not for the faint of heart.
  • Humans have been weaving commercial and cultural connections since before the first camel caravan ventured afield.
  • But its real significance, some would say, lies slightly afield.
  • As he got older, he wandered farther afield, on foot or by bike.
  • But you have to go pretty far afield to find something people would call abnormal these days.
  • Consumers want their customary sort, not an unfamiliar rice from far afield.
  • But look further afield and the affinity between open politics and open markets seems clear.
  • But to compete on the world stage they must also attract talent from farther afield.
British Dictionary definitions for afield

afield

/əˈfiːld/
adverb, adjective (postpositive)
1.
away from one's usual surroundings or home (esp in the phrase far afield)
2.
off the subject; away from the point (esp in the phrase far afield)
3.
in or to the field, esp the battlefield
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Word Origin and History for afield
adv.

1590s, contraction of Middle English in felde, from Old English on felda "in the field" (especially of battle), from a- "on" (see a- (1)) + field (n.). Meaning "away from home" is attested by early 15c.

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