\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


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


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.


the far corners of the world the far reaches of outer space
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

The 52 shares of the project were snapped up in two weeks, far more quickly than expected, which accelerated the project's timeline. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Tesla battery will power unusual community storage project in Western Australia," 7 Nov. 2018 So far @gwenstefani has performed 3 shows in Las Vegas. Marie Milano, Country Living, "How Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani Went from 'The Voice' Co-Stars to One of Music's Hottest Couples," 29 Oct. 2018 Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's first royal tour is a raging success so far, and fans in Australia have been only too happy to greet the Duke and Duchess. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Woman Meeting Prince Harry on the Royal Tour Is All of Us," 18 Oct. 2018 And commissions come from as far afield as Tel Aviv, St. Moritz, and New York. Maria Shollenbarger, ELLE Decor, "An Italian Design Firm Transforms Discreet-but-Luxe Kitchens with a Timeless Florentine Aesthetic," 18 Oct. 2018 These advances mean that cellular cyborgs with more advanced computing capabilities than simple switches aren’t far behind. Eric Smalley, Discover Magazine, "Cellular Cyborgs: How Programmable DNA Strands Might Control Healing," 25 Sep. 2018 With far fewer players than NFL rosters, should these players make more than NFL players? Andrew Brandt, SI.com, "How NFL and NBA Contracts Differ, and What NFL Players Can Do to Change It," 10 July 2018 In France, immigrants from the Middle East and Africa have settled throughout Paris and have drawn the ire of the far-right and even some moderates over the city's changing makeup. Jesse J. Holland And Russell Contreras, chicagotribune.com, "Trump draws fierce criticism for saying immigration is 'changing the culture' of Europe for worse," 14 July 2018 And a scene in the United Kingdom went viral after a woman was seen standing up to a gang of far-right British protesters who were surrounding a woman in a hijab. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "A Hijabi Woman Was Verbally Accosted on an MTA Bus," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

In the far north of the United States, young Alaskans are fighting to protect for their homes. Maka Monture, Teen Vogue, "The Arctic Youth Ambassadors Program Is Bringing Awareness to Environmental and Community Issues in Alaska," 24 Sep. 2018 Harry Kane The Tottenham star striker scored his second goal of the game in stoppage time — a header at the far post — to lead England to a 2-1 win over Tunisia on Monday. Glenn Graham, baltimoresun.com, "Early hits and misses at the 2018 World Cup," 20 June 2018 Mueller slipped past the back line of the Warriors (13-4-2) defense on a pass from senior Mary Schmidt, tucking a shot inside the far post at 44:50. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "State soccer: Sheboygan North shuts out Muskego in Division 1 semifinal," 14 June 2018 Since the flood, we have been inspired by the outpouring of love and support from near and far, including a card from a 4-year-old in Falmouth, Mass., and drawings from an elementary school class in Arbutus, Md. Allan H. Kittleman And Jon Weinstein, Howard County Times, "Op-Ed: County and partners will rebuild Ellicott City after May 27 flood," 7 June 2018 Sunday’s result: Camino Del Paraiso raced wide from the far outside post but went one-paced all the way around. John Cherwa, latimes.com, "Racing! Coming Saturday: All-time Triple Crown rankings," 24 May 2018 If Kaine is right that there’s a strong emotional component in Trump’s position on the Iran deal, what explains the intense anti-deal sentiment on the far right (this would include Bolton)? Elizabeth Drew, The New Republic, "America Gets it Wrong on Iran—Again," 11 May 2018 Greyvitos started in the far outside post among the field of 14, chasing $169,260 awarded to the winner. Bryce Miller, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Greyvitos falls to 13th in Pat Day Mile," 5 May 2018 His own base of Davao, in the far south of the country, feels far from the capital. The Economist, "BanyanChanging the constitution of the Philippines may prove perilous," 1 Feb. 2018

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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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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



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 \
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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