far

adverb
\ 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

far

adjective
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

Gaga even got a commemorative tattoo to honor the project, which has already swept up all of the original music accolades during awards season thus far, and seems likely to go home with Oscar gold in the category, too. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Kelly Clarkson Covered “Shallow” and the Internet Lost It," 17 Feb. 2019 Michelle Randolph has appeared in nine episodes with Cassie thus far. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "'The Bachelor' Star Cassie Randolph Is Starring On Another Reality Show As Well," 6 Feb. 2019 But comedian Tommy Chong and NFL star Antonio Brown, AKA the Pineapple and Hippo, are far from the first famous faces to grace us with their haunting masks and questionable singing voices. Megan Stein, Country Living, "We'd Like to Remind You That Ryan Reynolds Was Once a Unicorn on 'Masked Singer'," 10 Jan. 2019 There’s an essence and vibe with each of my collections thus far that set me apart from other influencers in this space. Sandra Song, Teen Vogue, "Patrick Starrr on His Holiday MAC Collaboration, Makeup Shaming, and Inclusivity in the Beauty World," 23 Dec. 2018 Based on the quick glimpses that have been released thus far, the live-action version will definitely blow audiences away. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "The Aladdin Set Looks Absolutely Incredible In The Trailer And Sneak Peek Photos," 20 Dec. 2018 America’s soft power in China also eclipses Russia’s influence, at least so far. Yaroslav Trofimov, WSJ, "The New Beijing-Moscow Axis," 1 Feb. 2019 The pilot, played by Mads Mikkelsen of Doctor Strange and TV’s Hannibal, is the lone survivor of a plane crash in the far north. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "8 Essential Tips from 'Arctic,' the Best Survival Movie in Years," 1 Feb. 2019 Currently reading My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren and loving it so far! Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "#ReadWithMC Reviews Christina Lauren's 'My Favorite Half-Night Stand'," 1 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

In the Kitchen's chapter of her book, Joanna shares the story of a client's corner at the far end of the room that would become a few feet of empty, unused space. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "4 Joanna Gaines Design Secrets You'll Want To Steal," 7 Dec. 2018 When several soaker hoses are connected end to end, most of the water will seep from the hose closest to the faucet; less water will reach the far end. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Install a Drip Irrigation System in Your Garden," 17 July 2018 But a new behind-the-scenes clip released by Disney shows just how far director Rob Marshall and the cast *really* went to make the movie seem as realistic as possible. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "This 'Mary Poppins Returns' Behind-the-Scenes Secret Has Everyone Freaking Out," 15 Jan. 2019 Set in this far future on a completely different world, Herbert's Dune became a seminal text in the history of science fiction. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "Everything We Know So Far About Denis Villeneuve's 'Dune'," 14 Jan. 2019 On the far bank a bull elephant appeared, a big male tusker, a famous figure in these parts. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "Going Off-Grid in Namibia," 21 Dec. 2018 As one can see by the image, Kiernan's childhood witch costume was a far departure from her Sabrina look. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Kiernan Shipka Shared Photographs of Her Childhood Halloween Costumes on Instagram," 1 Nov. 2018 The landslide in the central region occurred as parts of the far northern Philippine deal with damage from a typhoon that hit last weekend. Bullit Marquez And Joeal Calupitan, Fox News, "Philippine villages at risk of landslides forcibly evacuated," 21 Sep. 2018 Take the far right cord, bringing it under the cords in the center, and over the far left cord. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "This Macrame Planter Is Easier To Master Than You'd Think," 15 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of far

Adverb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for far

Adverb

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

far

adverb

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

far

adjective

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

far

adverb
\ 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

far

adjective
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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