\ 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

Poroshenko is second, not far ahead of Yulia Tymoshenko, the former prime minister who garnered worldwide attention as a leader of the 2004 Orange Revolution (and for her famous hair braid) before being imprisoned by Yanukovych. Washington Post, "Legacy of Ukraine Revolution Rides on March Election: QuickTake," 18 Sep. 2019 The far left southbound lane of the Glenn Highway has reopened after a crash early Tuesday evening shut down southbound traffic at North Peters Creek, police said in an alert. Anchorage Daily News, "Southbound Glenn Highway partially reopens at North Peters Creek after crash," 18 Sep. 2019 Developers built them in white suburbs, far removed from cities and public transportation routes, fashioning castles of commerce for the white middle class. Johnny Joo, Smithsonian, "The Rise of the Zombie Mall," 18 Sep. 2019 National studies have shown ex-convicts are far more likely to face homelessness, but advocates say more needs to be done to build on efforts that began under the Second Chance Society initiative launched under former Gov. Dannel Malloy. Chris Ehrmann, courant.com, "Review of shelter data finds high numbers of ex-convicts," 17 Sep. 2019 Part of that unease was likely due to the fact that the automakers are already building far more efficient vehicles for markets that do have stricter standards. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Trump to eliminate California’s car emission standards waiver," 17 Sep. 2019 So far, no evidence has been made public, however that task may be made easier for investigators by the fact that some of the missiles failed to reach their targets, the source said, and wreckage was recovered from the desert. Tim Lister And Nic Robertson, CNN, "Source: 'High probability' Saudi attack launched from Iranian base near Iraq," 17 Sep. 2019 So far, the Ravens have beaten a Canadian Football League team masked in NFL uniforms, better known as the Miami Dolphins, who were shut out by the New England Patriots, 43-0, on Sunday. Mike Preston, baltimoresun.com, "Preston: Just how good are the Ravens under Lamar Jackson? We’ll find out when they face the Chiefs.," 17 Sep. 2019 That’s because batteries and motors are far simpler machines than internal combustion engines, and require a few hundred parts instead of a few thousand. Wired, "The Shift to Electric Vehicles Propels a Strike Against GM," 17 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Summer days are very long this far north, and much can be seen and done in a single day. National Geographic, "Iceland Expedition: Land of Fire and Ice," 15 Sep. 2019 The National Hurricane Center said at 11 p.m. Sunday, in its last Dorian advisory, that the storm was drifting east-northeast past Cape Race, Newfoundland, off the far tip of Canada. Christopher Martin, chicagotribune.com, "36 hours of pummeling just one spot made Dorian unique," 12 Sep. 2019 Gabriela Hearst The cries are growing louder for fashion to reduce its huge environmental impact, but so far criticism has mostly focused on supply chains, where most of fashion’s emissions, resource use, and pollution happen. Marc Bain, Quartzy, "Is carbon-neutrality fashion’s next runway trend?," 12 Sep. 2019 That’s not a far stretch from the circumstances under which the Patriots acquired Moss, who got traded from the Minnesota Vikings in 2005 before growing unhappy in Oakland in 2006 and ultimately joining New England in 2007. Henry Mckenna, For The Win, "Tedy Bruschi lashes out at those comparing 'selfish' Antonio Brown to Randy Moss," 8 Sep. 2019 The Cosmodrome in far Eastern Russia has recently undergone a maintenance period on its current pad that is dedicated to Soyuz rockets. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Cause of Vega failure found, China seeks rocket customers," 6 Sep. 2019 Located at the far rear of the property, the track used by Godreau’s sons has been identified in police reports and by the mayor’s office as the focus of neighborhood complaints over the past decade. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, "East Hartford neighbors, fed up with noise, dirt clouds, call on town officials to take action against backyard dirt track," 5 Sep. 2019 The far western extent of the cone was located more than 150 miles east of the Alabama border. Andrew Freedman, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump shows doctored Hurricane Dorian chart," 4 Sep. 2019 Others, like Infowars, The Gateway Pundit, Big League Politics, and Breitbart, mine the far fringes of the right. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "The Boundless Grift of Right-Wing Media Watchdogs," 4 Sep. 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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