distant

adjective
dis·​tant | \ ˈdi-stənt 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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Which is to say that, for all the expressiveness of her voice, there is still something distant about Grande, something slightly reluctant. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "Ariana Grande Was Updating Pop. Then Billie Eilish Came Along.," 21 June 2019 There are several openings in the canopy where visitors can view the Housatonic River valley and the distant steeples of New Milford. Peter Marteka, courant.com, "A corkscrew hike to the top of Candlewood Mountain in New Milford," 21 June 2019 Those discoveries continue to change historians’ view of that distant time, Mr. Lapatin says. Peter Saenger, WSJ, "Preserved by a Fiery Disaster," 21 June 2019 Researchers in Japan observed a distant source of light known as B14-65666, located in the constellation known as Sextans, using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array of telescopes in Chile. Christopher Carbone, Fox News, "Scientists spot merging galaxies from 13 billion years ago," 20 June 2019 Spacecraft today rely on large antennas to communicate with distant spacecraft, the type that can be found at the Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex in California's Mojave Desert. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Why NASA Is Experimenting with Deep Space Atomic Clocks," 19 June 2019 Pakistan has long been plagued by corruption, driving away foreign investment and siphoning unpaid taxes into the distant bank accounts of bureaucrats and politicians. Washington Post, "Pakistan, mired in debt and inflation, cracks down on corruption," 19 June 2019 These young travelers may not see it now, but every interaction in distant lands has a cumulative effect at home, adding layers of goodwill to international relations. Elaine Ayala, ExpressNews.com, "Trip overseas helps widen teens' world," 18 June 2019 The animosity and dysfunction of Dell Demps’ final days as general manager are already distant memories. Ben Golliver, The Denver Post, "2019 NBA mock draft: How will Pelicans build around Zion Williamson?," 18 June 2019

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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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