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

The Dow Jones Industrial Average had slid nearly 450 points earlier in the session amid reports that the U.S. and China were still far away from an agreement heading into negotiations. ... Paul J. Davies, WSJ, "Stocks Finish Lower as Trade Worries Prevail," 9 May 2019 Willie and Christina are currently raising their son and daughter together in New York — not too far away from both of their parents. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Today' Star Willie Geist and His Wife Have, Hands Down, the Craziest Love Story in the World," 9 May 2019 The cast and crew of the popular Starz drama have officially begun production on season five, which means new episodes chronicling Claire and Jamie's story can't be that far away. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Outlander Stars Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe Preview What's to Come in Season 5," 6 May 2019 Similarly, by measuring the total amount of every element from the collision, the scientists can figure out how far away the explosion was from us. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Two Neutron Stars Exploded in Our Cosmic Backyard Billions of Years Ago," 3 May 2019 This kind of bullying is far from a local, or even regional, problem. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "Drag Brunch Honored Nigel Shelby, Raising Awareness About the Impact of Homophobic Bullying," 24 Apr. 2019 Although Walker's nail art covers a huge range of styles and themes, this is far from the first time she's whipped up a manicure that may remind you of your childhood. Marci Robin, Allure, "This Nail Artist Hand-Painted a Lisa Frank Manicure on Her Own Nails," 18 Apr. 2019 One of the vintage hues is an eye-catching yellow not far from what happens to be Ogundehin’s pick for this year’s trendiest color: mustard. Stephen Wallis, Town & Country, "This Polar Bear Sofa Is Beloved By the Very Rich," 15 Apr. 2019 Don't worry, because your time with Sabrina Spellman is far from over. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Everything We Know About "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" Season 3," 9 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

In March, Neiman Marcus will open a store in the new Hudson Yards development on the far west side. Joshua Levine, WSJ, "Saks Doubles Down on Department Stores With New Restaurant in New York City," 15 Jan. 2019 Davis said that investigators told him the fire had likely started in a shed on the far northwest side of the property. Crystal Paul, The Seattle Times, "Four-alarm fire at lumber yard on Seattle’s Ship Canal still smoldering," 11 Nov. 2018 The trial stems from a bar fight in December 2017 at Moretti’s Ristorante & Pizzeria in the Edison Park neighborhood on the far Northwest Side. Dan Hinkel, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago cop in controversial fatal shooting goes on trial on misdemeanor charges for bar fight," 9 July 2018 Around half of the apartments will be one-bedroom units, with the aim of drawing younger professionals who work in places such as Germantown, Menomonee Falls and the Park Place business park on Milwaukee's far northwest side, Bence said. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "After long debate, Germantown's Saxony Village is opening apartments aimed at millennials," 6 July 2018 Outside of the foot, backspin, into the far-side netting. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Messi Exits the World Cup. Hours Later, So Does Ronaldo.," 1 July 2018 Often a street will be wide enough for bikes to cruise along the far right-hand side. Thomas Harlander, Los Angeles Magazine, "A Driver’s Guide to Not Being a Jerk to Cyclists," 21 June 2018 Fans on Twitter were adamant that Payet's pre-match contact with the coveted silverware was the reason for Marseille's loss ... not a dominant Atletico being the far superior side. CNN, "'Touching the trophy' curse strikes again in Europa League final?," 17 May 2018 The finest health and fitness spa in North America is just east of the Tijuana municipal limits on the far west side of Tecate. James Clark, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Meet the neighbors with Tijuana daytrip," 19 Apr. 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 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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