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

Opponents commanded mini rigs and fired tennis ball cannons at one another while getting fired upon, too, by spectators who paid to shoot from afar. Jack Mccallum, SI.com, "Remembering Action Park, America's Most Dangerous, Daring Water Park," 1 July 2019 But here, from afar, was something totally unexpected by anyone in the room — a football coach weighing in from the most turbulent part of this whole athletic storm. Mike Anthony, courant.com, "Mike Anthony: UConn’s official move to the Big East finally opens the door for questions to be answered," 27 June 2019 But Tiffany Cabán’s progressive candidacy quickly gained momentum, national attention and donations from afar. New York Times, "5 Key Things to Know About Tiffany Cabán," 26 June 2019 Getting family support from afar The geographic separation has prevented Amaya from enjoying the comforts of home, but that support system is never more than a phone call, text or FaceTime away – something that Amaya said helped him get settled. Patrick Brennan, Cincinnati.com, "FC Cincinnati's Frankie Amaya: Despite remarkable rise, home is never far from his mind," 14 June 2019 The heart of the Midwest, where souls collide like rivers from afar. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland.com, "That Indiana candle scent that makes fun of Ohio? This state tourism official thinks it stinks.," 5 June 2019 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

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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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