\ ˈfär How to pronounce far (audio) \
farther\ ˈfär-​t͟hər How to pronounce far (audio) \ or further\ ˈfər-​t͟hər How to pronounce far (audio) \; farthest or furthest\ ˈfər-​t͟həst How to pronounce far (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

Adverb 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. Adjective the far corners of the world the far reaches of outer space
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Since then, the area has experienced a series of earthquakes and tremors, some felt as far away as the Rwandan capital of Kigali, 65 miles from the volcano in the Virunga National Park. Larry Madowo And Bethlehem Feleke, CNN, 30 May 2021 At the Castelo de São Jorge, an 11th century castle with sweeping views of the city, a security guard roamed the grounds outside, instructing the few tourists there to put masks on while standing far away from others. New York Times, 29 May 2021 At a time when most indie albums failed to reach many fans outside of an act’s small cult, Gish entered the Billboard 200, topped the CMJ chart, and connected in terrorizes as far away as New Zealand and Australia. Andy Greene, Rolling Stone, 28 May 2021 The degraded satellite images also affect people far away from Israel and Palestine—digital investigators pouring over images and videos of the conflict to identify potential human rights abuses. Luiz Romero, Wired, 28 May 2021 The beach is so wide the ocean can feel very far away. Todd C. Frankel, Washington Post, 28 May 2021 The commission ultimately located a hundred and eighteen of them, living as far away as California and Florida. Victor Luckerson, The New Yorker, 28 May 2021 Make sure your grill is a few feet from your home and far away from awning overhangs, plants, etc. Orlando Sentinel Staff, orlandosentinel.com, 28 May 2021 Some had loving nicknames, had immigrated from far away, or had spent all their lives in Santa Clara County. Chronicle Staff Report, San Francisco Chronicle, 27 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The NWS Weather Prediction Center issued a slight risk of excessive rainfall over the High and Southern Plains on Saturday and Sunday, as well as for far South-Central Kansas. Julia Musto, Fox News, 29 May 2021 Roy fed Janmark, who snapped the puck over Talbot's far shoulder. Star Tribune, 29 May 2021 The new district would still go from downtown and into the west suburbs but would fully encapsulate the South Side and south suburbs as well as the far southwest suburbs. Rick Pearson, chicagotribune.com, 28 May 2021 Located in the far west side of the park, Lego Movie World has been designed to give visitors the sensation of being in a world removed from the theme park. San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 May 2021 Magnus Nilsson took a hunting lodge in the far reaches of Sweden and turned it into a global dining destination. Jeremy Repanich, Robb Report, 26 May 2021 Though Europe represents the largest segment of its business (comprising 62% of its 2020 revenues), North America is by far Adyen’s fastest-growing region, with revenues up 66% last year. Rey Mashayekhi, Fortune, 26 May 2021 Police faced residents’ questions about the case and their response times to 911 calls in the far southwest neighborhoods that border Duncanville. Dallas News, 25 May 2021 But by the time Field ran out of bounds for a 5-yard gain, Oweh had sprinted from the 24-yard line to the 14 and circled back to the 32 on the far sideline, by which point only one defender, a safety, was closer to Fields. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, 25 May 2021

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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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The first known use of far was before the 12th century

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“Far.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/far. Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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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 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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