\ 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

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb To be sure, Smith & Wesson’s ads are far from the industry’s most aggressive, experts said. Andrew Brinker, BostonGlobe.com, 30 July 2022 The Night Owl is a great example of how far residential surveillance systems have come. Kat De Naoum, Better Homes & Gardens, 29 July 2022 Pac-12 Commissioner George Kliavkoff said his conference is far from finished, despite the defections of Southern California and UCLA. Greg Beacham, ajc, 29 July 2022 Without the help of powerful male lawmakers in the party, Ms. Noda might not have come this far, Sato Chiyako, a Mainichi newspaper editorial writer, said in a recent article. Mari Yamaguchi And Foster Klug, The Christian Science Monitor, 27 July 2022 President Biden on Wednesday reflected on how far the U.S. has come during a speech in the White House’s rose garden. Caroline Catherman, Orlando Sentinel, 27 July 2022 But no matter how exciting these additions may be, there are far too many services for any of us to subscribe to them all. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 26 July 2022 There were far too many empty seats on most days and nights at Hayward Field, marketing efforts to reach casual fans were lacking, and an inane disqualification rule for sprinters and hurdlers needs to be remedied immediately. Brian Metzler, Outside Online, 26 July 2022 Zoey’s growth has always been a key element of Grown-ish — especially considering how far the character has come from the early days of black-ish. Wisdom Iheanyichukwu, refinery29.com, 26 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The sun blazed through a window at the far end of the room. Dhruv Khullar, The New Yorker, 25 July 2022 Even if a company is not at this far end of the spectrum, there is incredible value in elevating the GTM tech stack. Kelly Grover, Forbes, 25 July 2022 At the far end of the kitchen, by the windows with their breathtaking lagoon and ocean view, is a cabinet with bottom doors filled in with a rattanlike material. Caron Golden, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 July 2022 If The Weeknd’s songs inhabit the far end of the pop-experimental spectrum, his stage presence on his first tour of this scale was kind of boilerplate arena rock. James Sullivan, BostonGlobe.com, 22 July 2022 Walking up to the front of Rocket Republic downtown, Famous Eleanors is on the far end of the patio. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, 15 July 2022 At the far end, Minella showed her, was an ultrasound probe. New York Times, 13 July 2022 This garage includes a covered storage bay at the far end that would be perfect for stacking firewood. James Alexander And James Alexander, Hartford Courant, 10 July 2022 The little dog ran to the far end of the yard and sat with her back turned most of the visit. Paul Solotaroff, Rolling Stone, 4 July 2022 See More

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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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More Definitions for far


\ 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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