\ ˈfär How to pronounce far (audio) \
farther\ ˈfär-​t͟hər How to pronounce farther (audio) \ or further\ ˈfər-​t͟hər How to pronounce further (audio) \; farthest or furthest\ ˈfər-​t͟həst How to pronounce furthest (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

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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 Aside from his promise to root out corruption and curb violence, far-right President Jair Bolsonaro ran a strong campaign on anti-Workers Party sentiment. Mario Lobao, Anchorage Daily News, "Brazilian ex-president is released from prison," 8 Nov. 2019 The effects of Trump’s policies ought to weigh heavily in any assessment of him, and a lot has gone right for the country during his time in office so far. Ramesh Ponnuru, National Review, "Character Effects," 7 Nov. 2019 Crash avoidance technology, so far, is not a reliable cushion, according to AAA. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, "One person was killed and three people were seriously injured this week in car vs. pedestrian crashes, highlighting the dangers once daylight saving ends," 7 Nov. 2019 So far, except for the musicians that appear in the song, and football manager Pep Guardiola’s video reading Tsunami’s manifesto, there are no other public faces. Monica Clua Losada, Quartz, "Technology is changing the face of global protests," 7 Nov. 2019 Here's a list of who celebrities are endorsing, so far. Glamour, "A Guide to All the Celebrity Endorsements for the 2020 Presidential Election," 6 Nov. 2019 His culinary expertise goes far beyond macaroni, though—Dom is a professional chef who graduated from the Institute of Culinary Education. Al.com Staff, al, "Chef Dom Tesoriero takes ‘Dom Eats Local’ video series to Detroit," 6 Nov. 2019 Lofgren and Eshoo cited the California legislation as an example of the need for states to be able to add to federal standards, but their proposal goes far beyond the state’s new law. Tal Kopan, SFChronicle.com, "Lofgren, Eshoo unveil ambitious online privacy legislation," 5 Nov. 2019 The Army, so far, has refused to give his son a Purple Heart. Keith Bierygolick, Cincinnati.com, "10 years after Fort Hood: The forgotten soldier, and the father who is still fighting his war," 5 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Viewers can spot Rockwell’s home in the far right corner of the painting. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "A Victorian Property Featured in an Iconic Norman Rockwell Painting Is Now on Sale," 7 Nov. 2019 Philippe Coutinho was able to find the far corner of Weidenfeller's net with a trademark long-range effort, smarly using Hummels as a shield to leave Borussia Dortmund's goalkeeper unsighted before nestling the ball into the net. SI.com, "Liverpool 4-3 Borussia Dortmund: European Nights at Anfield Don't Get Much Better Than This," 5 Nov. 2019 But what about deer in the far northeastern corner of the state, where little farming takes place? Dave Orrick, Twin Cities, "Are pesticides poisoning Minnesota’s deer? Deer hunters will offer up spleens — deer spleens — as part of study.," 5 Nov. 2019 The low shot skipped across the front of the goal, banging into the far corner 13 minutes into the game. Mark D. Motz, Cincinnati.com, "Moeller beats St. Xavier in sudden death penalty kicks to advance to DI regional final," 31 Oct. 2019 Earlier this month, a drone video appearing to show hundreds of blindfolded men being led from a train in China has raised new concerns over the ongoing crackdown on Muslim Uyghurs in the far western region of Xinjiang. Matias Grez, CNN, "China to host first expanded edition of FIFA Club World Cup in 2021," 24 Oct. 2019 The port city of Severodvinsk where the group was detained is located near the military shooting range in Nyonoksa, in the country's far northern Arkhangelsk region. Fox News, "Russia accuses US of trying to access restricted military areas, suggests giving 'American embassy a map’," 17 Oct. 2019 This was one of a growing number of internment camps in China's far western Xinjiang region, where by some estimates 1 million Muslims are politically indoctrinated while detained and forced to give up their language and their religion. Martha Mendoza, chicagotribune.com, "Trump blocks shipments from Chinese company that makes baby pajamas sold at Costco over forced labor allegations," 8 Oct. 2019 Now the far northern Canadian Arctic region is set to remain pristine thanks to an agreement reached between the Canadian government and Qikiqtani Inuit Assocation (QIA). Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "Pristine Arctic reserves will benefit wildlife and Inuit communities," 1 Aug. 2019

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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


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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 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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