\ 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

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 His idea of a plug-and-play vaccine that can immediately be deployed against any new pathogen is, well, far out. Matthew Herper, STAT, "The coronavirus exposes our health care system’s weaknesses. We can be stronger," 2 Mar. 2020 And yet, despite all that, only 149 pledged delegates—of an eventual 3,979—have been awarded so far. Gilad Edelman, Wired, "1,357 Delegates Up For Grabs—and More Key Super Tuesday Stats," 2 Mar. 2020 More than 2,000 infections have been linked to the church and its members as of Sunday — more than half of all cases in South Korea so far. Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times, "Secrecy is paramount for South Korean sect linked to coronavirus surge. Many believers are in SoCal," 2 Mar. 2020 Biden also prevailed among independents, albeit by far less of a margin, 37-24%. Gary Langer, ABC News, "Personal popularity, large black electorate throw Biden a lifeline in South Carolina: ANALYSIS," 29 Feb. 2020 Larry Powell, a professor of political communications at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, said Republican and Democratic voters in Alabama have witnessed two separate campaigns on TV and in digital media so far this year. al, "Billionaires Bloomberg, Steyer pile loads of cash into Alabama. Will it pay off Tuesday?," 29 Feb. 2020 Harris said that so far, DISD police have received about 40 tips that were forwarded from the crime stoppers group. Allie Morris, Dallas News, "‘Bounty’ offered for info on students who cheat to get into Booker T. has families in an uproar," 29 Feb. 2020 So far, the World Health Organization hasn't implemented any travel restrictions. Olivia Krauth, The Courier-Journal, "Despite coronavirus fears, Louisville-area school trips abroad are scheduled to go on," 28 Feb. 2020 The new coronavirus has been found in 48 countries around the world so far. Patrick Brzeski, The Hollywood Reporter, "Tokyo Disney Resort Closes Due to Coronavirus," 28 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective In Wuhan, the center of the epidemic in China, health officials said earlier this month the mortality rate was about 5%, compared with a far lower rate elsewhere in the country. Jennifer Jacobs, Bloomberg.com, "Trump Says Coronavirus Outbreak May Worsen; U.S. ‘Prepared’," 10 May 2020 Juárez, once besieged on the Gulf coast, was driven into the far northwest of Mexico. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, "The Real History of Cinco de Mayo," 5 May 2020 So far Uber has 1.4 million face masks that have either shipped or are in the process of being packed and shipped in the U.S., the company says. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "Grabbing an Uber? Buckle up and bring your face mask to combat coronavirus," 3 May 2020 In the far northeast, 3,000 of 10,000 workers at a vast natural gas field tested positive, Russian news agencies reported. David Porter, Jeffrey Collins And Joseph Wilson, ExpressNews.com, "Sun draws many out in US, Europe; Russia virus numbers grow," 2 May 2020 Nome, on the far northwestern tip of the continent, had just gotten a telephone line, so residents were able to get some advance warning. Sara Miller Llana, The Christian Science Monitor, "For Native Americans, coronavirus looks heartbreakingly familiar," 30 Apr. 2020 In the period leading up to Hurricane Agatha, Ward sent Scooter out into the far reaches of the Outer Banks to locate the gold. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "What Really Happened To John B.’s Dad On Outer Banks?," 17 Apr. 2020 Carousel: Install a two-level, rotating carousel in a large corner cabinet so items never get lost in the far reaches of the space. Jessica Dailey, House Beautiful, "Overhauling Your Kitchen's Organization Is a Huge Favor to Your Future Self," 16 Apr. 2020 There’s plenty of perfectly edible food squirreled away in the far reaches of my cabinets that has, for whatever reason, gone by the wayside. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, "There's No Better Time to… Use the Oldest Thing In Your Pantry," 24 Mar. 2020

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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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24 Apr 2020

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“Far.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/far. Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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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


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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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