far

adverb
\ 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

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

Leonard was, by far, the biggest name left on the free agent market. Tim Reynolds, Houston Chronicle, "Source: Clippers to land Kawhi Leonard, Paul George," 6 July 2019 Leonard was, by far, the biggest name left on the free agent market. Tim Reynolds, BostonGlobe.com, "Clippers sign Kawhi Leonard, trade for Paul George," 6 July 2019 Mars in Leo is generous, proud, dramatic, and by far the sexiest combination. Erika W. Smith, refinery29.com, "Mars Is In Leo, So Go Ahead And Send That Text," 5 July 2019 So far the National Hurricane Center is not on board with this scenario and hasn’t highlighted the possibility of development in the Gulf — or anywhere else in the Atlantic — for the next five days: So stay tuned. Leigh Morgan, al.com, "Could Midwest storms help spawn a tropical storm in the Gulf next week?," 5 July 2019 So far, the company’s association with Kaepernick has been just that, but this move isn’t playing well in the red states and could cost Nike some market share if a boycott campaign gathers steam. Peter Schmuck, baltimoresun.com, "Schmuck stops: Orioles' Mancini stays snubbed, Knicks still the Knicks, Joey Chestnut still the top dog," 5 July 2019 Mount Marathon was the pinnacle, so far, of his recovery. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Oregon runner Max King gains royalty status with Mount Marathon men’s victory," 5 July 2019 Below are some major highlights of Sitharaman’s speech so far: Indian economy: will grow to $3 trillion in the current fiscal year. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "Key takeaways from the first annual budget of Modi 2.0," 4 July 2019 Spoiler alert: Here's the 'Stranger Things' story so far, organized by 10 Hawkins, Indiana, characters before new episodes arrive July 4 at Netflix. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "'Stranger Things 3' depicts frightful '80s mall culture in Indiana. These people lived it," 4 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The toilet and the shower are at the far end of the large tents at The Fields, hidden by tastefully placed shoji screens. Brian E. Clark, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Glamping at The Fields in Michigan includes tents with electricity, bathrooms and wood-fired stoves," 28 June 2019 After that season, each of the 30 major league clubs agreed to extend the netting at their stadiums to the far end of the dugout — two years after Manfred issued a memo asking them to do so. New York Times, "Girl Hit by Foul Ball in Houston Had Serious Head Injuries, Lawyer Says," 27 June 2019 Last season, all 30 Major League Baseball teams expanded their protective netting to at least the far ends of the dugouts. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Lawyer: 2-year-old hit by foul ball at Cubs-Astros game suffered skull fracture, seizure," 26 June 2019 And while Dochety used the cacophony as motivation from the far end of the counter, Sebba heard it as evidence of triumph. Michael Dumas, al.com, "Annual oyster-eating crown goes to Distinguished Young Woman Madison Dochety," 24 June 2019 Last year, Major League Baseball announced that all 30 ballparks were extending protective netting to at least the far ends of both dugouts -- that is, the ends farthest from home plate -- intending to enhance fans' safety. Jill Martin, CNN, "Los Angeles Dodgers say they'll extend protective netting after a fan was hit in the head by a foul ball at Dodger Stadium," 24 June 2019 Los Angeles extended its netting past the far ends of the dugouts before the 2019 season. Michael Shapiro, SI.com, "Dodgers to Extend Stadium Netting After Cody Bellinger Foul Ball Hits Fan," 24 June 2019 Following recommendations from Major League Baseball, by the start of the 2018 season all 30 teams had expanded their protective netting to at least the far ends of the dugouts after several fans were injured by foul balls in 2017. Jay Cohen, courant.com, "White Sox plan to extend netting at Guaranteed Rate Field," 19 June 2019 For most of the soccer season, the far ends of the Parc des Princes stadium here house the hardest core of Paris Saint-Germain fans, the groups that chant the loudest, smuggle in flares, and spark the most fights. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "France Kicks Off Women’s World Cup With 4-0 Victory Over South Korea," 8 June 2019

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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 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

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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