from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A piece of usually semirural property that is undeveloped except for agricultural use, especially one considered as a site for expanding urban development.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A site, to be used for housing or commerce, whose previous use (if any) was agricultural


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  • FDI can take several forms, including mergers and acquisitions, building new facilities from scratch as part of what are known as greenfield investments, reinvesting profits earned from overseas operations and making loans from the parent company to overseas operations.

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  • So even though Candelas is going on never-been-developed land - what the planning industry considers a "greenfield" - Hartman argues that it could be considered urban infill, "because it is inside what is generally considered to be the metropolitan area of Denver."

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  • In 2011, according to the Financial Times fDi Markets database, BRIC companies created 13,072 new jobs in America through so-called "greenfield" investments alone -- ground-up construction of new facilities or plants.

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  • Many are wary of directly funding so-called greenfield projects that have yet to break ground, for fear of getting caught up in the kinds of disputes that torpedoed past investments such as Enron Corp. 's ill-fated Dabhol power project.

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  • Even as such occasional, major deals grab headlines, many smaller mergers and acquisitions and so-called greenfield investments — in which an investor sets up a factory, office or other facility — involving Chinese firms are quietly taking place across the country.

    U.S. Cities Seek to Woo Chinese Investment

  • She said that the dropping of the requirement that houses be build on derelict "brownfield" sites before undesignated countryside, known as greenfield, are touched, will result in "millions of acres of undesignated countryside that are being placed at risk". - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • Mobile cloud computing has been described as a greenfield for 2010.

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  • Besides M&A, FDI takes the form of building entirely new operations-known as greenfield investments-reinvesting profits from existing operations and loans between different parts of a multinational company. What's News US

  • In other cases it represents "greenfield" development such as new manufacturing plants and logistics facilities.

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  • In the US, import companies have set-up shop in what the industry calls "greenfield" areas of the country like Mississippi.

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  • land not previously developed or polluted (M-W Unabridged)

    January 24, 2009