distant

adjective
dis·​tant | \ ˈdis-tənt How to pronounce distant (audio) \

Definition of distant

1a : separated in space : away a mile distant
b : situated at a great distance (see distance entry 1 sense 2c) : far-off a distant galaxy
c : having a great amount of separation between each other : separated by a great distance from each other : far apart visiting distant places distant campuses
d : far behind finished a distant third
2 : separated in a relationship other than spatial a distant cousin the distant past
3 : different in kind from two very distant backgrounds
4 : reserved or aloof in personal relationship : cold was distant and distracted
5a : going a long distance distant voyages
b : concerned with remote (see remote entry 1 sense 2) things distant thoughts

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Other Words from distant

distantly adverb
distantness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for distant

Synonyms

away, deep, far, faraway, far-flung, far-off, remote, removed

Antonyms

close, near, nearby, nigh

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Examples of distant in a Sentence

In the distant past, dinosaurs roamed the earth. The day I left home is now a distant memory.

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But operating at that level requires large tracts of land, which means sources of food have grown increasingly distant from the people in urban centers who will ultimately eat most of it. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Urban farms could be incredibly efficient—but aren’t yet," 27 Dec. 2018 The problem is visible not just in Germany but in Spain, distant from Russia. Steven Erlanger, New York Times, "Amid the Trumpian Chaos, Europe Sees a Strategy: Divide and Conquer," 13 July 2018 An older friend might be distant for personal reasons. BostonGlobe.com, "We can’t afford to replace empathy with apathy," 10 July 2018 Clarence House, the official residence of Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, is denying a recent report saying the Prince of Wales has a distant relationship with his two sons, Prince William and Prince Harry. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Palace Denies Rumors About Prince Charles' Relationship with Prince William and Prince Harry," 5 Sep. 2018 The report also details a distant relationship between Trump and McGahn, who has overseen Trump’s judicial appointment and deregulatory push at the White House but also appears not to be overly warm with the president himself. Emily Stewart, Vox, "White House counsel Don McGahn is worried Trump’s setting him up on obstruction — so he’s talking a lot to Mueller," 18 Aug. 2018 In reaching an accord, the finish line seems distant. Gabrielle Banks, Houston Chronicle, "Harris County bail lawsuit in trial court for final revisions," 14 June 2018 Unlike the distant and forgotten gods of the Nile . . Tunku Varadarajan, WSJ, "‘Unruly Waters’ and ‘Ganges’ Review: In India, Water Is Politics," 4 Jan. 2019 Valetudo is in Jupiter’s distant, outer swarm of moons that circles in the opposite direction of the planet’s rotation. Emiliano Rodriguez Mega, The Seattle Times, "Jupiter’s moon count reaches 79, including tiny ‘oddball’," 17 July 2018

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First Known Use of distant

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for distant

Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin distant-, distans, present participle of distare to stand apart, be distant, from dis- + stare to stand — more at stand

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distant

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of distant

: existing or happening far away in space : separated by space
: far away in time : happening far in the past or far into the future
: having to do with something that is not related to what is happening where you are or at the present time

distant

adjective
dis·​tant | \ ˈdi-stənt How to pronounce distant (audio) \

Kids Definition of distant

1 : existing or happening at a place far away a distant planet distant thunder
2 : far away in time the distant future
3 : not closely related distant cousins
4 : cold entry 1 sense 5, unfriendly a distant manner

Other Words from distant

distantly adverb

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