\ ˈfär How to pronounce far (audio) \
farther\ ˈfär-​t͟hər How to pronounce farther (audio) \ or further\ ˈfər-​t͟hər How to pronounce further (audio) \; farthest or furthest\ ˈfər-​t͟həst How to pronounce furthest (audio) \

Definition of far

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : at or to a considerable distance in space wandered far from home
2a : to a great extent : much far better methods
b : by a broad interval : widely the far distant future
3 : to or at a definite distance, point, or degree as far as I know
4 : to an advanced point or extent a bright student will go far worked far into the night
5 : at a considerable distance in time not far from the year 1870
by far
: far and away is by far the best runner
far be it from
: it would be inappropriate or impossible for far be it from me to complain
far from
: of a distinctly different and especially opposite quality than the trip was far from a failure
how far
: to what extent, degree, or distance didn't know how far to trust them
so far
1 : to a certain extent, degree, or distance when the water rose so far, we fled
2 : up to the present has written one novel so far
thus far
: so far thus far the results are negative


farther or further; farthest or furthest

Definition of far (Entry 2 of 3)

1a : remote in space
b : distinctly different in quality or relationship
c : remote in time
2a : long a far journey
b : of notable extent : comprehensive a man of far vision
3 : the more distant of two the far end
4 : extreme the far left a far right political organization

Definition of FAR (Entry 3 of 3)

federal air regulation

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Examples of far in a Sentence


The dog wandered far from home. These new discoveries will allow us to see far into the past. She lives far out in the country. The house is set far back from the road. The deadline is not far off. regions far to the north a town not far from Chicago He still lives not far from where he was born. The car is far too expensive. His policies are far different from those of his predecessor.


the far corners of the world the far reaches of outer space
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

The energy has been sky-high so far at the year's last Grand Slam, including brilliant play from American Taylor Townsend and legend Roger Federer. Michelle Krupa, CNN, "Start your Monday smart: Dorian, gun bills, Durst trial, El Paso march, US Open, NFL," 1 Sep. 2019 But its minimum central pressure has risen a bit to 915 mb (27.02 inches), the hurricane center said -- so far its lowest pressure was 910 mb. Leigh Morgan, al, "Hurricane Dorian 2019 track update: Dorian slams Bahamas; warnings issued for Florida," 1 Sep. 2019 The Vermont senator and Warren have been favorites in some of the group's internal surveys so far. NBC News, "This week's biggest campaign stories," 31 Aug. 2019 For Lockard, 2019-20 is far from his first start of the school year. Catalina Righter, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Back to school: Carroll’s superintendent, board president weigh in on coming year," 31 Aug. 2019 Each agency reports hate crimes to a variety of local and federal agencies, but their in-house data was far from uniform. Lyndsay Winkley, San Diego Union-Tribune, "How this project analyzing hate crimes in San Diego came together," 30 Aug. 2019 The West Palm Beach area, at present, seems most at risk, but the model is still wide for that far a time out. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Dorian Is Now a Major Hurricane—And It’s Roaring Towards Florida," 30 Aug. 2019 Boyer’s favorite target by far was senior receiver Adolfo Chavez, who racked up 10 catches for 123 yards and a touchdown. Matt Szabo, Daily Pilot, "Ocean View football grinds to season-opening victory over Los Amigos," 30 Aug. 2019 Business has been good so far, Johnson said, but beware that Nelson’s is closed during most of the run of the Fair, so selection might be limited until after Labor Day. Jess Fleming, Twin Cities, "BlackStack Brewing adds coffee, pastries and sandwiches," 29 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Time even stands still as the ball just floats over a helpless goalkeeper into the far corner. SI.com, "FIFA Puskas Award: Ranking the 3 Goals Shortlisted in 2019," 2 Sep. 2019 Brazil ran to the nozzle in the far corner of the cell and hit the button for the water. AZCentral.com, "Don Bolles files: The case of Skippy Brazil, the drug informant who was set on fire," 28 Aug. 2019 The far northwest corner of the state has more than its share of NYC escapees, looking for a bucolic setting and less stress. Pamela Wright, BostonGlobe.com, "When in Connecticut, head for the Hills," 28 Aug. 2019 In 2020, 2 billion people will travel to islands, deserts, jungles, glaciers, and volcanoes at the far corners of our planet. Stephanie Rafanelli, Condé Nast Traveler, "The New Nomads Are Here—Here's How They Travel," 20 Aug. 2019 The consequences of inaction continue to haunt this former mining town of about 1,900, set in the far southwestern corner of Virginia near the border of Kentucky. Barry Meier, New York Times, "A Nun, a Doctor and a Lawyer — and Deep Regret Over the Nation’s Handling of Opioids," 18 Aug. 2019 Both zoning types are clustered near the airport and in the far northwest corner of town. Hillary Davis, Daily Pilot, "Permanent Costa Mesa homeless shelter may get needed zoning tweak," 13 Aug. 2019 In the far corner, Masco saw his father’s old wooden workbench. oregonlive.com, "The childhood home is where the heart is," 4 Aug. 2019 Fear of the Big One long ago was compartmentalized in a far corner of my mind but always has lurked there, making me a tad nervous. George Skelton, latimes.com, "Afraid of the Big One? Consider Sacramento, which avoids the worst California quakes," 15 July 2019

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First Known Use of far


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for far


Middle English fer, from Old English feorr; akin to Old High German ferro far, Old English faran to go — more at fare

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Financial Definition of FAR

What It Is

Free asset ratio refers to the net assets of an insurance company as a percentage of its total assets.  Free assets are the same as net assets, that is, assets that are not obligated to insurance policies.

How It Works

The formula for calculating FAR is:

FAR = (Total Assets – Secured Assets) / Total Assets

An insurance company must maintain certain financial reserves on hand to cover its obligations to its policyholders. The insurance company invests in assets that produce income for the company. A portion of these assets is pledged to secure the obligations of the company. The remaining portion is free assets.

For example, if Company XYZ has $1,000,000 in total assets and $700,000 of that are liabilities tied to policies, then its free asset ratio is 30%.

1,000,000 - 700,000 = 300,000
300,000 / 1,000,000 = 0.3 = 30%

Why It Matters

British insurance companies use this ratio as a solvency measure. It is measured as available assets less required minimum margin of solvency divided by admissible assets. The higher the percentage of the ratio, the more easily it allows the insurance company to expand its operations.

Source: Investing Answers



English Language Learners Definition of far

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: at or to a great distance in space or time
: to a great extent
: to or at a particular distance, point, or degree



English Language Learners Definition of far (Entry 2 of 2)

: very distant in space or time
used to refer to the side, end, etc., that is more distant


\ ˈfär How to pronounce far (audio) \
farther\ ˈfär-​t͟hər \ or further\ ˈfər-​ \; farthest\ ˈfär-​t͟həst \ or furthest\ ˈfər-​ \

Kids Definition of far

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : at or to a great distance in space or time far from home He read far into the night.
2 : to a great extent : much far better
3 : to or at a definite distance or point I walked as far as I could.
4 : to an advanced point A smart student can go far.
by far
: by a great extent or degree better by far


farther or further; farthest or furthest

Kids Definition of far (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : very distant in space or time a far country
2 : the more distant of two the far side of the stream
3 : long entry 1 sense 2 a far journey

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