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adverb \ˈfär\

Simple Definition of far

  • : at or to a great distance in space or time

  • : to a great extent

  • : to or at a particular distance, point, or degree

Full Definition of far

far·ther play \-thər\ or fur·ther play \ˈfər-\ far·thest or fur·thest play \-thəst\

  1. 1 :  at or to a considerable distance in space <wandered far from home>

  2. 2 a :  to a great extent :  much <far better methods> b :  by a broad interval :  widely <the far distant future>

  3. 3 :  to or at a definite distance, point, or degree <as far as I know>

  4. 4 :  to an advanced point or extent <a bright student will go far> <worked far into the night>

  5. 5 :  at a considerable distance in time <not far from the year 1870>

by far
  1. :  far and away <is by far the best runner>

far be it from
  1. :  it would be inappropriate or impossible for <far be it from me to complain>

far from
  1. :  of a distinctly different and especially opposite quality than <the trip was far from a failure>

how far
  1. :  to what extent, degree, or distance <didn't know how far to trust them>

so far
  1. 1 :  to a certain extent, degree, or distance <when the water rose so far, we fled>

  2. 2 :  up to the present <has written one novel so far>

thus far
  1. :  so far <thus far the results are negative>

Examples of far

  1. The dog wandered far from home.

  2. These new discoveries will allow us to see far into the past.

  3. She lives far out in the country.

  4. The house is set far back from the road.

  5. The deadline is not far off.

  6. regions far to the north

  7. a town not far from Chicago

  8. He still lives not far from where he was born.

  9. The car is far too expensive.

  10. His policies are far different from those of his predecessor.

Origin of far

Middle English fer, from Old English feorr; akin to Old High German ferro far, Old English faran to go — more at fare

First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with far




Simple Definition of far

  • : very distant in space or time

  • —used to refer to the side, end, etc., that is more distant

Full Definition of far

farther or furtherfarthest or furthest

  1. 1 a :  remote in space b :  distinctly different in quality or relationship c :  remote in time

  2. 2 a :  long <a far journey> b :  of notable extent :  comprehensive <a man of far vision>

  3. 3 :  the more distant of two <the far end>

  4. 4 :  extreme <the far left> <a far right political organization>

Examples of far

  1. the far corners of the world

  2. the far reaches of outer space

Before 12th Century

First Known Use of far

before 12th century



Definition of FAR

  1. federal air regulation

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FAR Defined for Kids



adverb \ˈfär\

Definition of far

far·ther \ˈfär-thər\ or fur·ther \ˈfər-\far·thest \ˈfär-thəst\ or fur·thest \ˈfər-\

  1. 1 :  at or to a great distance in space or time <far from home> <He read far into the night.>

  2. 2 :  to a great extent :  much <far better>

  3. 3 :  to or at a definite distance or point <I walked as far as I could.>

  4. 4 :  to an advanced point <A smart student can go far.>

by far
  1. :  by a great extent or degree <better by far>




Definition of far

far·ther or fur·therfar·thest or fur·thest

  1. 1 :  very distant in space or time <a far country>

  2. 2 :  the more distant of two <the far side of the stream>

  3. 3 :  1long 2 <a far journey>

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