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

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 Both had dreamed of deploying somewhere afar to assist those in need affected by disaster. Catherine Bigelow, San Francisco Chronicle, "Red Cross gala honors Tyler Florence’s fire relief efforts," 22 Mar. 2018 Maybe their earnest respect for each other serves as a more profound example when it is shared from afar - across separate locker rooms, in opposite conferences, from a red state to a purple one to whichever-colored locale James heads next. Mike Finger, San Antonio Express-News, "For Pop and LeBron, the feeling is mutual," 25 Feb. 2018 In between World Series games, Astros manager A.J. Hinch reached out to Towers, a friend who’d mentored him from afar when Hinch was an executive with Arizona. Tom Krasovic, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Kevin Towers — a pillar to Padres successes that included Petco Park," 30 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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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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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