remote

adjective
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

remote

noun

Definition of remote (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from remote

Adjective

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The state said remote learning could continue in certain instances, like on snow days. Russell Blair, courant.com, "Connecticut Politics Week in Review: Gov. Ned Lamont outlines plans to spend $2.6B in federal COVID-19 aid," 30 Apr. 2021 Many school districts are still providing hybrid in-person and remote learning, though some of the largest districts across the country plan to fully reopen in the fall for in-person instruction. Stephanie Armour, WSJ, "Biden’s Covid-19 Vaccine Push Faces Hesitancy, Variants After 100 Days," 30 Apr. 2021 However, due to the switch in remote learning, the testing has been rescheduled. Amber Jayanth, The Enquirer, "Reading prom leads to cluster of COVID-19 cases, return to remote learning," 30 Apr. 2021 The producers of the Emmys, for example, put on a mostly virtual show in September: Nominees sat in their living rooms or other remote locations, and winners gave acceptance speeches over Zoom. NBC News, "Oscars 2021: What to watch for at this year's Academy Awards ceremony," 24 Apr. 2021 Some nominees will be allowed to video in from remote locations—but not using Zoom. Adam Epstein, Quartz, "Get ready for the weirdest Oscars ever," 23 Apr. 2021 Competitors no longer stream in from remote locations on jittery Wi-Fi. New York Times, "Verzuz Is One of the Least Toxic Places Online. Here’s Why.," 22 Apr. 2021 By this time, the swelling COVID-19 pandemic had scrambled production of the show, which had to go to a format in which the remaining singers sang from remote locations. al, "She wowed at an Alabama ‘Idol’ audition, and Aliana Jester’s run isn’t over," 16 Apr. 2021 Previous research has found plastic pollution in some of the most remote locations on Earth including the French Pyrenees and the Mariana Trench. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Airborne Microplastics ‘Now Spiral Around the Globe’," 15 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In other instances, a staff member splashed a dirty mop on Shehadi’s head, beat him with a TV remote, and rubbed his genitals in the patient’s face, according to court documents. Sarah Westwood, Washington Examiner, "Biden HHS nominee presided over patient abuse scandal," 29 Apr. 2021 On the back of the remote is a switch called manual override. Sam Dunnington, Harper's Magazine, "Computer Learning," 27 Apr. 2021 Anthony Hopkins didn’t even have to go for the remote. William Mcgurn, WSJ, "Give Bill Maher an Oscar," 26 Apr. 2021 If only Apple had connected the remote to your phone! Star Tribune, "Lileks: No one should ever lose the remote," 23 Apr. 2021 After nearly 15 years, the Cupertino crowd has finally listened to all of our whining: A new Apple TV remote is on the way next month. Josef Adalian, Vulture, "Is the Apple TV Remote Finally Good?," 20 Apr. 2021 So, no new Apple TV 4K with brand spanking new remote, then? David Phelan, Forbes, "Apple TV 4K 2021: Cool New Remote Control May Not Be What It Seems," 4 Apr. 2021 This is the rich reward for years of tossing the remote across the couch. Bryce Miller Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: San Diego juiced for Padres, opening day like no other," 1 Apr. 2021 All jobs are full-time and remote for the time being, with a goal of returning to the company's Tempe headquarters down the road. Russ Wiles, The Arizona Republic, "Looking for a job? Employers, from casinos to booksellers, ramp up with hiring events," 27 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of remote

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1937, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for remote

Adjective

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

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The first known use of remote was in the 15th century

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“Remote.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/remote. Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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remote

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of remote

: far away
: far away from other people, houses, cities, etc.
: far away in time : happening a long time ago or far into the future

remote

adjective
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

remote

noun

Kids Definition of remote (Entry 2 of 2)

remote

adjective
re·​mote
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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