\ 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

In recent years Western countries have seen a surge in far-right violence. J.f., The Economist, "A weekend of horror in Texas and Ohio," 4 Aug. 2019 The site has survived, extremism experts said, in part due to a reluctance from some law-enforcement and intelligence officials to categorize white-supremacist and far-right movements as terror threats. Anchorage Daily News, "3 mass shootings this year began with a hateful screed on 8chan, whose founder calls it a terrorist refuge in plain sight," 4 Aug. 2019 During the campaign for the European Parliamentary elections in May, right-wing and far-right politicians regularly had milkshakes thrown at them during campaign appearances, including Brexit Party founder Nigel Farage. NBC News, "Heated debate has always been part of British politics. Brexit has made it angrier.," 4 Aug. 2019 Brothers Zac, Graham and Clark stand aside father Sam, to the far right. Ross Dellenger, SI.com, "Graham Harrell, the Air Raid and Clay Helton's All-in Gamble to Turn Around USC," 1 Aug. 2019 Those competing strands have come to define a two-pronged approach as the government of Chancellor Angela Merkel tries to address an urgent need for immigrants to sustain the work force while holding off challenges from the nationalist far right. Melissa Eddy, New York Times, "Germany Trained and Hired Asylum Seekers, Then Started Deporting Them," 1 Aug. 2019 The far-right white nationalist Identitarian movement’s symbol, blazoned in gold against a black background, is the circle of an aspis, the round shield that was a Spartan warrior’s principal piece of equipment. Myke Cole, The New Republic, "The Sparta Fetish Is a Cultural Cancer," 1 Aug. 2019 Caroline Marks is trying to make history on the women’s side, and so far, so good. Joe Haakenson, Daily Pilot, "Caroline Marks looks for another win at U.S. Open of Surfing," 1 Aug. 2019 That’s far from nothing: Last year, the Center for American Progress estimated the US needs to spend $2.3 billion more than planned to support a robust national fleet of EVs. Alex Davies, WIRED, "The Senate's Transportation Plan Reckons With Climate Change," 1 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Beijing has had a long and fractious history with Xinjiang, a massive, nominally autonomous region in the far west of the country that is home to 22 million of the 1.4 billion people living in China. Ben Westcott, CNN, "China's top Uyghur official claims most detainees have left Xinjiang camps," 30 July 2019 Midfielder Ethan Finlay gathered the ball near the box and crossed it to the far post as Angelo Rodriguez charged toward the ball and dived for the sliding finish. Paul Hodowanic, Twin Cities, "Minnesota United attack fizzles in 0-0 draw with lowly Whitecaps," 27 July 2019 The Betsy Ross flag has to disappear because slavery existed in 1777 and, as bad, some white nationalists on the far fringe recently waved it in public somewhere. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, "Wahooing Betsy Ross," 10 July 2019 This balmy cosmopolitan port in the far south of the country has a subtropical climate, with skyscrapers that edge onto the beach—hence its nickname: the Miami of the Far East. Andrea Whittle, Condé Nast Traveler, "Busan Is the Captivating New Destination on Cruises Through Asia," 25 June 2019 On the surface, Tacitus should have no excuses unless he’s compromised by the far outside post and getting to the front by the first turn takes too much out of him. John Cherwa, latimes.com, "Belmont Stakes 2019 preview: A horse-by-horse look at the field," 8 June 2019 According to reports in Italy, Iaquinta stand accused of illegally harbouring weapons for the crime group based in Calabria in the far south of the country. SI.com, "Former Juventus Striker & World Cup Winner Facing Jail Time on Organised Crime Charges," 23 May 2018 Most of those outages are along the far western edge of the state in New Milford, Brookfield and Danbury and some are along the coast, including in Branford, where almost 770 are without power, according to Eversource. Nicholas Rondinone, courant.com, "Thousands without power as severe thunderstorms continue to pound Connecticut," 23 July 2019 Beijing has had a long and fractious history with Xinjiang, a massive, nominally autonomous region in the far west of the country that is home to a relatively small population of around 22 million in a nation of 1.4 billion people. Ben Westcott, CNN, "Xinjiang's Uyghurs didn't choose to be Muslim, new Chinese report says," 22 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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