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 sun may seem like an unvarying yellow orb from afar, but a zoomed in view reveals a seething mass of swirling currents and rising blobs—more boiling water balloon than shining bauble. Charlie Wood, Popular Science, "These close-up photos of the sun could help us forecast space weather," 31 Jan. 2020 But if frustrated tweets are any indication, more and more biotech types will choose to watch from afar each time the industry descends on San Francisco. Matthew Herper, STAT, "The ghosts of JPMs past: How 20 years of deals, scandal, and science have shaped health care," 9 Jan. 2020 Those three games from Winston drew appreciation from afar from first-year Michigan coach Juwan Howard. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "How Cassius Winston and Zavier Simpson have made MSU vs. U-M a one-on-one matchup," 5 Jan. 2020 From near and afar, love and blessings were abundantly present in the room. orlandosentinel.com, "Deaths in Central Florida: 12/8," 8 Dec. 2019 Modric is arguably the finest playmaker of his generation, dictating from deep, making everything tick, unlocking defences, all from a distance, not necessarily afar but at an arms length of the visitors. SI.com, "Tottenham's Rebuild Needs to Revolve Around Tanguy Ndombele," 23 Oct. 2019 For me, an erupting volcano would be something great – from afar of course. Kat Bein, Billboard, "How Party Streaming Platform Cercle Hosts Shows at the Eiffel Tower, a Remote Bolivian Salt Flat & More," 15 July 2019 Uiver competes locally and afar, sometimes boarding airplanes on H.E. Tex Sutton’s Air Horse One. Ramona Sentinel, "Horsewoman is a showstopper with award-winning Uiver," 30 June 2019 And in The Paper Wasp, by Lauren Acampora, an awkward, solitary aspiring filmmaker languishes in her Michigan hometown, gazing from afar at the much shinier life of her childhood best friend turned Hollywood ingenue. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Female Friendships Are the Best, Until They Aren't," 20 June 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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10 Feb 2020

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“Afar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/afar?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=a&file=afar0001. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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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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