re·​mote | \ ri-ˈmōt How to pronounce remote (audio) \
remoter; remotest

Definition of remote

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : separated by an interval or space greater than usual an involucre remote from the flower
2 : far removed in space, time, or relation : divergent the remote past comments remote from the truth
3 : out-of-the-way, secluded a remote cabin in the hills
4 : being, relating to, or involving a means of doing or using something indirectly or from a distance: such as
a : using or involving a network connection between computers or systems in different locations a remote workforce remote learning files stored on remote servers Just think about if an employee has an issue with their laptop—you'll need a remote desktop tool to take control of their machine to try and diagnose the issue.— Lisa Ardill
b : being or relating to a means of collecting data about something (such as an object or an area) from a distance (as by using radar or photography) Using remote cameras, researchers got photos of 18 ocelots over an eight-year period.— Tony Davis Using up to three remote sensors, the unit gives you indoor and outdoor temperature and humidity.— Cliff Gromer Satellite remote sensing offers a step change in our ability to map and monitor the extent of Antarctica's terrestrial biosphere.— Andrew Gray et al. — see also remote access, remote control, remote controlled
5 : not arising from a primary or proximate action
6 : small in degree : slight a remote possibility hadn't the remotest idea of what was going on
7 : distant in manner : aloof



Definition of remote (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a radio or television program or a portion of a program originating outside the studio

Other Words from remote


remoteness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for remote

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of remote in a Sentence

Adjective She enjoys reading about remote lands. The mission is to transport medical supplies to remote areas of the globe. a tradition that dates back to remote antiquity an invention that may be available in the remote future There is a remote possibility that I'll be free Friday night.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Her new job is a fully remote role with a legal tech company based in New York. New York Times, 1 Aug. 2022 As more and more companies offer fully remote positions, people are packing up and leaving the city to pursue the small town life. Chloe Berger, Fortune, 29 July 2022 Lack of internet bandwidth is another challenge to inclusion, particularly in emerging markets and more remote or underserved communities. Martin Boyd, Forbes, 25 July 2022 The company, which launched in early 2020, started out fully remote. Kathryn Vasel, CNN, 15 July 2022 Only 2% said working fully remote works best for their workplace style. Corrinne Hess, Journal Sentinel, 13 July 2022 It’s one of the biggest listings of vacant office space in the city, with room for roughly 1,750 workers, and another sign of how remote work is weakening demand for workspaces. Roland Li, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 July 2022 Adopting more remote technology could increase enrollment rates, researchers wrote in JAMA Network Open. Mario Aguilar, STAT, 8 July 2022 The report also highlighted that parents were more likely to pull their children out of public schools with more remote learning days. Joe Silverstein, Fox News, 7 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Half are open to either remote or in-person jobs, and 41% reported are looking for in-person only roles. Kaitlyn Koterbski, Fortune, 13 July 2022 Such standards would ensure quality care provided in remote and wilderness settings regardless of where the responder was trained. Zac Adair, Outside Online, 16 Dec. 2021 Others have gone the complete opposite route, and are offering long-term remote working for their staff. Agnes Uhereczky, Forbes, 29 June 2021 The latest Vizio SmartCast TVs include a push-to-talk voice remote that lets users to go directly to their favorite HBO Max show or movie with simple voice commands. Todd Spangler, Variety, 1 Sep. 2021 Alexa voice remote helps with searching for shows and changing channels. cleveland, 1 July 2022 Mind you, these two people previously didn’t know how to use the TV remote, but they were thrust into a world of no contact and really had no choice. Rob Fallon, Forbes, 24 June 2022 Oh, and maybe a new remote could see some of the gaming strengths return. David Phelan, Forbes, 28 June 2022 The scammers have been using the technology to apply for remote or work-from-home jobs from IT companies. Michael Kan, PCMAG, 28 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of remote


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1937, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for remote


Middle English, from Latin remotus, from past participle of removēre to remove

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re·​mote | \ ri-ˈmōt How to pronounce remote (audio) \
remoter; remotest

Kids Definition of remote

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : far off in place or time remote countries the remote past
2 : secluded sense 1 a remote valley
3 : small in degree a remote possibility
4 : distant in manner : aloof
5 : not closely connected or related remote ancestors

Other Words from remote

remotely adverb
remoteness noun



Kids Definition of remote (Entry 2 of 2)


remoter; remotest

Legal Definition of remote

1a : far removed in space, time, or relation ancestors of a more remote degree
b : exceeding the time allowed under the rule against perpetuities for the vesting of interests the residuary clause…violates the rule against remote vestingEstate of Grove, 70 Cal. App. 3d 355 (1977) also : being in violation of the rule against perpetuities a remote contingent estate
2 : acting, acted on, or controlled indirectly or from a distance
3a : not proximate or acting directly
b : not arising from the effect of that which is proximate
4 : small in degree a remote possibility of paternity

Other Words from remote

remotely adverb
remoteness noun

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