far-reach·​ing ˈfär-ˌrē-chiŋ How to pronounce far-reaching (audio)
: having a wide range or effect

Examples of far-reaching in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The West’s far-reaching sanctions have not crippled Russia’s economy. Anton Troianovski, New York Times, 17 Feb. 2024 Whether that gamble pays off or not could have far-reaching impacts for the Dodgers. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 16 Feb. 2024 As the capricious trends of social media increasingly influence definitions and the determination of scientific truths becomes a matter of individual discretion, the implications for artificial intelligence (AI) are profound and far-reaching, particularly for cybersecurity in the quantum age. Denis Mandich, Forbes, 16 Feb. 2024 This distrust is having far-reaching impacts on the U.N. agencies’ ability to provide services, distribute aid, and act as a neutral third party in a war that has become the most violent and polarizing chapter of the decades-old conflict. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, 15 Feb. 2024 Designed with traditional Hawaiian materials and decor, the two-story home has far-reaching ocean views, especially from a spacious covered patio with ample seating as well as a dining area for enjoying al fresco meals. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 14 Feb. 2024 Now, the methodology that resulted from their research, the academics argue, reveals the far-reaching consequences that the transition could have for many types of jobs. IEEE Spectrum, 12 Feb. 2024 The year was also marked by the far-reaching implementation of the NSL. Doug Bandow, National Review, 10 Feb. 2024 However, Bromwich noted that Hur's investigation has been so far-reaching that investigators even interviewed waitstaff who had worked an event at Biden's home in recent years to determine if they might have been exposed to classified documents. Mike Levine, ABC News, 7 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1590, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of far-reaching was circa 1590

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“Far-reaching.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/far-reaching. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


: having a wide range, influence, or effect
a far-reaching decision

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