far

adverb
\ 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

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 Having been contemptuous of grade-grubbing, his high-school transcript by his own admission was far from distinguished. Jane Mayer, The New Yorker, "The Secret Papers of Lee Atwater, Who Invented the Scurrilous Tactics That Trump Normalized," 6 May 2021 Meetings are far from the best way to get your team on the same page and collaborate. Soulaima Gourani, Forbes, "Why Most Meetings Fail Before They Even Begin," 6 May 2021 And despite months of record jobs growth last summer, and with the pace of improvement picking up again this spring, the nation is still far from healed. Anneken Tappe, CNN, "One year after the worst jobs loss on record, millions of Americans remain out of work," 6 May 2021 Those numbers are far from what experts say is probably necessary to achieve herd immunity, the point at which enough people become immune such that the whole community is protected. Elliot Bentley, WSJ, "Covid-19 Vaccines vs. Infections," 6 May 2021 Others noted that the pandemic is far from over in Japan. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "Flying squid statue bought with COVID-19 relief money puts Japanese town in spotlight," 6 May 2021 But Bieber is far from the first celebrity to face such accusations. USA Today, "Justin Bieber’s dreadlocks spark debate: What’s cultural appropriation versus appreciation?," 5 May 2021 Celentano will be the first to admit Indiana’s team performance against St. Francis was far from the Hoosiers’ best. Zach Osterman, The Indianapolis Star, "Roman Celentano heroics the norm as IU goalie helps drive another NCAA tournament run," 5 May 2021 That’s likely to be timed with the September reopening and to be far from the traditional awards show, especially since competition would appear to be a mismatch with the need to promote an industry in recovery. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "Broadway to return in September at full force," 5 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Organizations like Catholic Charities became a target of harassment by local Trump supporters and far-right personalities. Stephania Taladrid, The New Yorker, "On the Border, Two Versions of One Immigration Reality," 6 May 2021 Two far-right websites posted Doe’s name and details about her life, and one included her photo. Rebecca Boone, USA TODAY, "Idaho legislative intern reports rape, is ID’d by lawmaker," 5 May 2021 Members of the Proud Boys, a far-right group that’s been involved in street brawls in Salem and around the U.S., closed off a public park in Salem Saturday during a gun rights rally. oregonlive, "Salem leaders say they’re constrained by the Constitution when handling far-right events," 4 May 2021 In other states, police officers have been found to be part of racist or far-right chat groups. New York Times, "German Police Arrest Man With Right-Wing Links Over Death Threats," 4 May 2021 Two far-right websites posted Doe’s name, and one included her photo. BostonGlobe.com, "Judge orders release of memo on Russia probe," 4 May 2021 Lower still and on the far right is Patti Breed-Rabitoy, whose pixie cut is an easy giveaway. Thomas Curwen, Los Angeles Times, "Honoring the lives lost amid California’s COVID-19 death toll of 61,000," 3 May 2021 Two far-right websites posted Doe's name and details about her life, and one included her photo. Rebecca Boone, Star Tribune, "Idaho intern reported rape, faced 'overwhelming' harassment," 3 May 2021 This is not somebody from the sort of far-right fringe of the GOP. NBC News, "Meet the Press - May 2, 2021," 2 May 2021

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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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Time Traveler for far

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The first known use of far was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

9 May 2021

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“Far.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/far. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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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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