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

country mile, far cry, long haul, mile

Antonyms: Noun

hair, inch, step, stone's throw

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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

Between his own summer league games, the old ballcoach has been watching his son from afar in 2019 as Chicago’s No. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, "Cubs’ David Bote, a former Denver preps star, is hungry to help Chicago win another World Series," 9 June 2019 For most people, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s Givenchy wedding dress was only seen from afar or through a screen. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Here’s How You Can See Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s Wedding Dress Up Close," 29 Aug. 2018 Pen pals from afar often comment on the city, both online and in letters. Nikki Delamotte, cleveland.com, "Cleveland's Instagram-inspired Letter Writers Club puts modern twist on being pen pals," 3 Apr. 2018 Middleton and Prince William showed their love for baby Archie from afar last week. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Here’s Why Kate Middleton and Prince William Haven’t Met Baby Archie Yet," 13 May 2019 America-class ships lack dedicated helicopters for anti-submarine warfare, and can’t embark E-2D Hawkeye airborne early warning and control aircraft that can detect aerial threats from afar and direct an air battle. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Navy and Marines Are Deploying a 'Lightning Carrier' to the Pacific," 2 May 2019 Many of those who took part in Saturday’s tour came from places afar. Gregory Tejeda, Post-Tribune, "Preservation 'nerds' find beauty in Gary's decaying buildings," 14 July 2018 Figuring out a way to fix it has taken longer than anticipated, but that didn’t stop visitors from seeing the memorial from afar on Independence Day. latimes.com, "Today: Russian Interference, European Edition," 5 July 2018 Feathers have kindled obsession for generations, going back to the days when intrepid naturalists traveled afar in search of exotic birds to stash in displays or drawers. Randy Dotinga, The Christian Science Monitor, "In 'The Feather Thief,' a British bird burglary exposes a hidden world," 13 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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

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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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