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

Definition of afar

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



Definition of afar (Entry 2 of 2)

: a great distance saw him from afar

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 To prepare for a future without Russian gas, Europe is importing more from afar. Joe Wallace, WSJ, 4 May 2022 Troy Hill watched from afar as the Rams won Super Bowl LVI. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 3 May 2022 In many cases, their ambition is entertaining to enjoy from afar and the worst case scenario from their overzealous hunger for attention is a bad case of schadenfreude. Michelle Konstantinovsky, Glamour, 3 May 2022 Speculation about the mental health of public personalities—including Kanye West and Donald Trump—has reignited in recent years debate over diagnosis from afar. Josh St. Clair, Men's Health, 27 Apr. 2022 Sometimes a text or video call is not enough, and people in Salvato’s situation often long for a way to send a loving caress or comforting squeeze from afar. Richard Sima, Scientific American, 26 Apr. 2022 Time to let their next opponent wear itself out, while the Warriors watched from afar. Ron Kroichick, San Francisco Chronicle, 24 Apr. 2022 Quiller, Delgado’s fellow assistant coach, watched the relationship from afar. oregonlive, 24 Apr. 2022 The Phoenix Ghosts may address some of these challenges by allowing Ukraine to strike at Russia’s advancing columns from afar, said Puri. Washington Post, 22 Apr. 2022 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, 8 Aug. 2019 What has become of our beautiful-from-afar, but gross-up-close city? Heather Knight,, 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, 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,, 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, 17 May 2017 See More

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First Known Use of afar


14th century, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for afar


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


derivative of afar entry 1

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“Afar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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Kids Definition of afar

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



Kids Definition of afar (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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