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

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 Journalists Charlie Warzel and Anne Helen Petersen examine both the benefits and pitfalls of remote work in societal terms but also in light of the couple's move from New York City to Missoula, Montana. Rachel King, Fortune, 1 Dec. 2021 While remote work offers you flexibility, too much slack can douse your new job success. Lynne Curry, Anchorage Daily News, 29 Nov. 2021 But remote work also poses challenges, one of the biggest being that many employees report having a harder time building relationships with colleagues when using videoconferencing platforms such as Zoom. Suzanne Oliver, WSJ, 26 Nov. 2021 As the phase of the pandemic shifted from medical concerns to economic impacts, so did the new words in the dictionary, which included terms related to things like remote work in its most recent release on Nov. 3. Aurora Almendral, Quartz, 26 Nov. 2021 Companies that make remote-work products (Slack, Zoom), video streaming (Netflix), or delivery (Doordash, Amazon) have all faced higher demand, along with higher expectations from customers in terms of how well their tech should work. Arielle Pardes, Wired, 24 Nov. 2021 Yet most companies don’t see full-time remote work as the new norm, according to 275 Deloitte clients surveyed earlier this year. Hang Nguyen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Nov. 2021 The pandemic, and the layoffs, closings and remote work that followed, set off countless professional identity crises. New York Times, 20 Nov. 2021 Countries in eastern Europe are trying to avoid imposing mandatory remote work. Arkansas Online, 19 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Whenever Ian Williams heads to his car, the novelist and poet makes sure to have his keys at the ready, repeatedly unlocking the door from a distance with the remote. Stuart Miller, Los Angeles Times, 30 Nov. 2021 This has a full-featured ergonomic and wireless back-lit remote with 18 buttons. Tim Kohut, BGR, 25 June 2021 Stacked against the comparable Roku Express, the Fire TV Stick Lite ships with a voice remote and is eight bucks cheaper. Eric Vilas-boas, Vulture, 20 Oct. 2021 The handmade lounger has vegan leather pockets big enough for your can of Pepsi, even a 1 liter bottle, as well as your remote. Cassell Ferere, Forbes, 8 Sep. 2021 When your remote isn’t responding quite right, there’s a good chance the batteries are to blame. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, 2 Sep. 2021 As the survival expert navigates huge rock walls, freezing dark tunnels and creepy wildlife creatures, viewers at home help lead him to safety by making choices on their remote. Ethan Shanfeld, Variety, 31 Aug. 2021 You’ll also be prompted to pair your remote through Bluetooth in the setup process, which is handy. Maren Estrada, BGR, 31 Aug. 2021 Many companies have also embraced flexible work schedules with the option to work remote, easing the transition back to the office. Shelley Zalis, Forbes, 9 Sep. 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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remote

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of remote

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

remote

noun

English Language Learners Definition of remote (Entry 2 of 2)

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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