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field

2 verb
     
Related topics: Sport, Military
field2 [transitive]
1PMPPV if you field a team, an army etc, they represent you or fight for you in a competition, election, or war:
The Ecology Party fielded 109 candidates.
We fielded a team of highly talented basketball players.
2 to answer questions, telephone calls etc, especially when there are a lot of them or the questions are difficult:
The Minister fielded questions on the Middle East.
The press office fielded numerous calls from the media.
3

be fielding

DS the team that is fielding in a game of cricket or baseball is the one that is throwing and catching the ball, rather than the one hitting it [≠ be batting]
4DS if you field the ball in a game of cricket or baseball, you stop it after it has been hit

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