\ ˈfär \
farther\ˈfär-t͟hər \ or further\ˈfər-t͟hər \; farthest or furthest\ˈfər-t͟həst \

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

This year, Preece has made four XFINITY Series starts so far for the team, with a victory at Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee on April 14. Shawn Courchesne, courant.com, "Preece Holds Off Rocco for SK Modified Win At Thompson Speedwa," 15 July 2018 The comments will embolden the far-right in Europe at a time when many European nations are already very diverse. Jesse J. Holland And Russell Contreras, chicagotribune.com, "Trump draws fierce criticism for saying immigration is 'changing the culture' of Europe for worse," 14 July 2018 In the second half, Kristen Edmonds delivered a chip shot from far outside the box to push the Pride ahead 2-1. Iliana Limón Romero, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando Pride earn 2-1 road win over Utah Royals," 14 July 2018 The damage surpassed $306 billion, far beyond the previous U.S. annual record cost of $214 billion. Jason Pohl, azcentral, "Fires, floods, hurricanes: Disaster experts weigh ‘new normal’," 14 July 2018 According to data from the CDC, the states that have been hit the hardest so far from this salmonella outbreak are California, Pennsylvania, New York, and Massachusetts. Devon Elizabeth, SELF, "Update: There Are Now 100 Salmonella Cases Linked to Recalled Honey Smacks Cereal," 13 July 2018 Burton’s attorney, Buddy Parker, said in May psychiatric testing could help explain how the respected doctor fell so far after decades of service to counties including Cobb, Gwinnett, DeKalb and Clayton. Joshua Sharpe, ajc, "Renowned Atlanta doctor who traded pills for sex pleads guilty in Cobb," 13 July 2018 So far no organized opposition has emerged to Meral’s proposition. Dale Kasler And Phillip Reese, sacbee, "The Valley floor is sinking, and it’s crippling California’s ability to deliver water," 13 July 2018 Mary Barra’s name showing up on a Tesla business card is a far-fetched idea. John D. Stoll, WSJ, "Tesla’s Musk Needs to Find His Mary Barra," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Officials have said storms forecast for Chiang Rai province in Thailand's far north had factored into their decision to go ahead with a complicated and dangerous plan to have the boys and their coach dive out of the cave. Edmund Demarche, Fox News, "4 freed from Thailand cave, but rescuers face 'war with water and time' to get to others," 9 July 2018 Research is difficult and expensive in the far north, and data are still lacking on the population of some important species and their distribution. Adam Aton, Scientific American, "Ships Threaten Arctic Marine Mammals," 3 July 2018 In the far north, where there currently is no night, nocturnal animals like flying squirrels and owls need to go about their business in daylight. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, "During long summer days in Alaska, Boreal owls perform by daylight," 30 June 2018 These animals live exclusively in the cold waters of the far north, filtering minute krill out of the water for food and using their massive skulls to blast through sea ice up to two feet thick in order to create breathing holes. The Economist, "Whaling in Alaska," 14 June 2018 Sindt has worked for the McConnell Foundation, which funds projects in the far north of California and has been on board to grow the trail system financially since Sindt started his work. Joe Jackson, SFChronicle.com, "Redding is California’s secret mountain biking mecca," 8 June 2018 The pine mushroom tea is from the Baekdudaegan Mountains in the far north of North Korea, while the Hallabong cake is from the island of Jeju in one of the most southern parts of South Korea. Joshua Berlinger, CNN, "North Korea to send special noodle making machine (and chef) to DMZ for summit," 24 Apr. 2018 More than one-third of the world’s remaining large intact forest acreage lies in the boreal forests of the far north, mainly in Canada and Russia. Christopher Solomon, Outside Online, "The World’s Wilderness: Going, Going and Soon Gone?," 4 Apr. 2018 As Amanda Kooser reports for CNET, though both of these features can be found on Earth, the pattern and repetition of the tableau in the far North of the Martian landscape is arresting. Julissa Treviño, Smithsonian, "Striking Mars Image Shows Strange Boulder Piles and Undulating Sand Dunes," 9 Mar. 2018

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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.

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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 \
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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