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 The president and co-founder of 30 Years After, a nonprofit organization promoting leadership among Iranian-American Jews, Yebri says he's felt hopeful before, every time he's watched from afar as Iranians rise up and fight for democracy. Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN, "This is what Iranian Americans think will happen next," 8 Jan. 2020 That didn’t stop everyone from swooning over her outfit from afar. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Here's Everything You Need To Know About Beyoncé's Golden Globes Look," 6 Jan. 2020 What are your grandparents up to? Startups are pitching a way to keep an eye on the elderly from afar. Washington Post, "CES Gadget Show: Flying taxis, toilet paper robots and more," 6 Jan. 2020 And now, a study published in the journal Scientific Reports reveals that the pigs slaughtered at Navan originated across Ireland, indicating that the country’s ancient inhabitants traveled from afar to revel at the site. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, "People Trekked Across Ireland to Eat Pork at This Ancient Site," 31 Dec. 2019 Lemanski Hall began following Johnson from afar during his nine-year NFL career as a linebacker. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Why Ohio State football’s Larry Johnson feels the passion to coach ‘now more than ever’," 27 Dec. 2019 Help from afar: Where did burn victims of a volcano eruption in New Zealand get help? National Geographic, "What are the decade's biggest discoveries?," 25 Dec. 2019 And on Monday, the light in everyone’s face was bright, from those who sat in folding chairs to watch the festivities from afar to those who lept into the dances and conversations. James Burky, The Denver Post, "Jewish community celebrates Hanukkah with menorah lighting at Colorado Capitol," 23 Dec. 2019 Some fans theorize that the emperor created Anakin, using force powers from afar to make midichlorians impregnant his mother. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "All the Questions We Still Have After Watching Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker," 20 Dec. 2019 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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The first known use of afar was in the 14th century

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13 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Afar.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/afar. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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More Definitions for afar

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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