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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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 The Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel has previously been skeptical of this idea, and these public comments suggest NASA may OK the procedure for crew flights in the (hopefully not too distant) future. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket report: China goes lunar, Antares flies, and a 140-ton Sea Serpent," 25 May 2018 The destination was some 800 miles distant, in a remote part of Botswana. Jason Florio, Smithsonian, "The Dangerous Work of Relocating 5,000-Pound Rhinos," 22 May 2018 But China is perhaps too distant, both geographically and culturally, to serve as a readily comprehensible antagonist. Peter Slezkine, The New Republic, "What Happened to the “Free World”?," 22 May 2018 Right now that seems as distant as a scenario as the world after Trump—but one day, some day, the hypebeasts will move on. Luke Leitch, Vogue, "Fila Fjord Is Streetwear—For Grown-Ups," 10 Jan. 2019 Medium to low resolution (or somewhat distant) photographs and videos, for example. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "How spray-on hair does (and doesn’t) work," 17 Dec. 2018 The America of John McCain is, yes, the America of Vietnam, fighting the fight, even in the most grim circumstances, even in the most distant, hostile corner of the world, standing for the life and liberty of other peoples in other lands. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Read the Full Transcript of Meghan McCain's Eulogy for Her Father John McCain," 1 Sep. 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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