afar

adverb
\ ə-ˈfär How to pronounce afar (audio) \

Definition of afar

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: from, to, or at a great distance roamed afar

afar

noun

Definition of afar (Entry 2 of 2)

: a great distance saw him from afar

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Synonyms & Antonyms for afar

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of afar in a Sentence

Noun the experienced birder was able to identify birds from afar
Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb While Cedric Burnside and Trenton Ayers were able to learn music at the feet of their fathers and grandfathers, other musicians have had to learn from afar. Lici Beveridge, USA Today, "Raised in the Mississippi Delta, the blues shaped music for generations," 17 Feb. 2021 The league and 31 other teams are watching and studying the show from afar. Brian T. Smith, San Antonio Express-News, "Smith: Deshaun Watson vs. Texans has the makings of an epic NFL battle," 13 Feb. 2021 Using platforms such as Facebook Live, YouTube Live, and Zoom, businesses and nonprofits are getting crafty about providing experiences from afar. Emily Wright, BostonGlobe.com, "Visiting Venice, without leaving home," 10 Feb. 2021 Rivera just from afar, and always just tried to pick their minds about football in general. Barry Wilner, Star Tribune, "Rodgers wins 3rd MVP, Donald gets 3rd top defensive player," 6 Feb. 2021 Admire the 200-plus photos of the float houses from afar. Katelyn Umholtz, NOLA.com, "Here's what national media outlets are saying about New Orleans' Mardi Gras float houses," 2 Feb. 2021 Helping ships’ officers do this technical work from afar, such as explaining how to connect the devices to their ships’ IT systems, has been tricky, says Steventon. Chris Baraniuk, Smithsonian Magazine, "How the Pandemic Is Undermining Weather Monitoring," 28 Jan. 2021 All of the other quarterbacks are throwing their beautiful spirals while watching safely from afar — careers well intact. Kurt Streeter, New York Times, "The Talk of the Super Bowl Is Quarterbacks, Except One," 25 Jan. 2021 Joseph’s family in Canada, the West Indies, and the Caribbean had been watching the transition closely, texting her about it from afar. Zoe Greenberg, BostonGlobe.com, "In Massachusetts, inauguration was a moment to savor and a reason to feel pride," 20 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In the old days, few people thought twice about listing their home phones; they were published in the local phone book, but accessing the white pages from afar was enough of a chore to discourage, say, stalkers. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Shaming Trump donors by revealing they donated to Trump? What’s wrong with that?," 8 Aug. 2019 What has become of our beautiful-from-afar, but gross-up-close city? Heather Knight, SFChronicle.com, "Welcome home: Trips abroad put San Francisco’s chaotic streets in perspective," 13 July 2019 Grey Worm was largely motivated to violence by Missandei's death, but seeing the damage from afar could shift his loyalties. Carrie Wittmer, Harper's BAZAAR, "Daenerys Is Definitely Dying in the Game of Thrones Series Finale. Here's How It Could Happen.," 19 May 2019 A proud observer from afar is Fenwick coach Kyle Perry, who coached Farmer for two years an assistant under Perry's late father, Dave, and for two years as head coach. Gregg Voss, chicagotribune.com, "Fenwick grad Matt Farmer still driven to improve for UCLA water polo," 27 June 2017 In one stunning photo, the couple stands in front of a clearing, Jason staring afar, Ashley gazing at the camera. Sean Rossman, USA TODAY, "This couple hiked for 8 days to get married on Mt. Everest. The photos are amazing," 17 May 2017

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First Known Use of afar

Adverb

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for afar

Adverb

Middle English afer, aferre, reduced from on fer "at a distance" and of fer "from a distance" — more at far entry 1

Noun

derivative of afar entry 1

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Time Traveler for afar

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The first known use of afar was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

24 Feb 2021

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“Afar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/afar. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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afar

adverb
\ ə-ˈfär How to pronounce afar (audio) \

Kids Definition of afar

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: from, at, or to a great distance wandered afar

afar

noun

Kids Definition of afar (Entry 2 of 2)

: a long way off There came a voice from afar.

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