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far

adverb \ ˈfär \
Updated on: 13 Oct 2017

Definition of far

farther play \ˈfär-t͟hər\ or further play \ˈfər-t͟hər\; farthest or furthest play \ˈfər-t͟həst\
1 :at or to a considerable distance in space
  • wandered far from home
2 a :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

Examples of far in a Sentence

  1. The dog wandered far from home.

  2. These new discoveries will allow us to see far into the past.

  3. She lives far out in the country.

  4. The house is set far back from the road.

  5. The deadline is not far off.

  6. regions far to the north

  7. a town not far from Chicago

  8. He still lives not far from where he was born.

  9. The car is far too expensive.

  10. His policies are far different from those of his predecessor.

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Origin and Etymology of 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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far

adjective

Definition of far

farther or further; farthest or furthest
1 a :remote in space
b :distinctly different in quality or relationship
c :remote in time
2 a :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

Examples of far in a Sentence

  1. the far corners of the world

  2. the far reaches of outer space

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First Known Use of far

before 12th century


FAR

abbreviation

Definition of FAR

federal air regulation

Other Aeronautics/Aerospace Terms


Financial Definition of FAR

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.


FAR Defined for English Language Learners

far

adverb

Definition of far for English Language Learners

  • : at or to a great distance in space or time

  • : to a great extent

  • : to or at a particular distance, point, or degree


far

adjective

Definition of far for English Language Learners

  • : very distant in space or time

  • —used to refer to the side, end, etc., that is more distant


FAR Defined for Kids

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far

adverb \ ˈfär \

Definition of far for Students

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

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far

adjective

Definition of far for Students

farther or further; farthest or furthest
1 :very distant in space or time
  • a far country
2 :the more distant of two
  • the far side of the stream
3 :1long 2
  • a far journey


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