1

far

play
adverb \ˈfär\

Definition of far

farther

play \ˈfär-thər\ or

further

play \ˈfər-thər\;

farthest

or

furthest

play \ˈfər-thəst\
  1. 1 :  at or to a considerable distance in space wandered far from home

  2. 2a :  to a great extent :  much far better methodsb :  by a broad interval :  widely the far distant future

  3. 3 :  to or at a definite distance, point, or degree as far as I know

  4. 4 :  to an advanced point or extent a bright student will go far worked far into the night

  5. 5 :  at a considerable distance in time not far from the year 1870

by far

  1. :  far and away is by far the best runner

far be it from

  1. :  it would be inappropriate or impossible for far be it from me to complain

far from

  1. :  of a distinctly different and especially opposite quality than the trip was far from a failure

how far

  1. :  to what extent, degree, or distance didn't know how far to trust them

so far

  1. 1 :  to a certain extent, degree, or distance when the water rose so far, we fled

  2. 2 :  up to the present has written one novel so far

thus far

  1. :  so far thus far the results are negative

Examples of far in a Sentence

  1. The dog wandered far from home.

  2. These new discoveries will allow us to see far into the past.

  3. She lives far out in the country.

  4. The house is set far back from the road.

  5. The deadline is not far off.

  6. regions far to the north

  7. a town not far from Chicago

  8. He still lives not far from where he was born.

  9. The car is far too expensive.

  10. His policies are far different from those of his predecessor.

Origin and Etymology of far

Middle English fer, from Old English feorr; akin to Old High German ferro far, Old English faran to go — more at fare


2

far

adjective

Definition of far

farther

or

further

;

farthest

or

furthest

  1. 1a :  remote in spaceb :  distinctly different in quality or relationshipc :  remote in time

  2. 2a :  long a far journeyb :  of notable extent :  comprehensive a man of far vision

  3. 3 :  the more distant of two the far end

  4. 4 :  extreme the far left a far right political organization

Examples of far in a Sentence

  1. the far corners of the world

  2. the far reaches of outer space

Recent Examples of far from the Web

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First Known Use of far

before 12th century


FAR

abbreviation

Definition of FAR

  1. federal air regulation

Other Aeronautics/Aerospace Terms


FAR Defined for English Language Learners

far

play
adverb

Definition of far for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of far for English Language Learners

  • : very distant in space or time

  • —used to refer to the side, end, etc., that is more distant


FAR Defined for Kids

1

far

play
adverb \ˈfär\

Definition of far for Students

farther

\ˈfär-thər\ or

further

\ˈfər-\;

farthest

\ˈfär-thəst\ or

furthest

\ˈfər-\
  1. 1 :  at or to a great distance in space or time far from home He read far into the night.

  2. 2 :  to a great extent :  much far better

  3. 3 :  to or at a definite distance or point I walked as far as I could.

  4. 4 :  to an advanced point A smart student can go far.

by far

  1. :  by a great extent or degree better by far


2

far

play
adjective

Definition of far for Students

farther

or

further

;

farthest

or

furthest

  1. 1 :  very distant in space or time a far country

  2. 2 :  the more distant of two the far side of the stream

  3. 3 :  1long 2 a far journey



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