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

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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 McKee, a Democrat who took office in March when former Governor Gina M. Raimondo became US Commerce Secretary, had extended previous orders that lifted prohibitions on remote meetings because of the pandemic. BostonGlobe.com, 23 July 2021 With their district not offering remote schooling this year, the family has made the tough choice to homeschool their kids. NBC News, 23 July 2021 Zoom has been one of the biggest beneficiaries from the shift to remote work and distance schooling since widespread lockdowns took hold in the U.S. and elsewhere more than a year ago. Francesca Fontana, WSJ, 23 July 2021 Like some in the West, Chinese people tend to perceive the dangers of climate change as something remote — threatening only the melting ice caps in the Arctic or low-lying islands in the tropics. Jessie Yeung, CNN, 23 July 2021 There’s the possibility — once utterly remote — that Japanese voters could kick Suga out of power in parliamentary elections later this year. Washington Post, 23 July 2021 Hu stayed in Wuhan, a remote puppet master running the show. Sebastian Rotella, ProPublica, 23 July 2021 Hadzic, 29, who grew up in Montclair, N.J., had to fly separately, his lawyer said, has not been permitted to stay in the Olympic Village and has been residing at a remote hotel. Jeré Longman, New York Times, 22 July 2021 For instance, a third of the increase in new business applications came from non-store retailers—a direct result of the shift to remote interactions between businesses and customers. Emily Barone, Time, 22 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun All families have the option to keep students home for full-time remote learning this academic year. BostonGlobe.com, 17 May 2021 This model replaces the current Roku Premiere ($34.99) model, which handled 4K video, but had only a simple remote. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 13 Apr. 2021 Many employers are choosing to maintain hybrid workforces with some employees remaining remote and others coming to the office. Eric Friedman, Forbes, 7 July 2021 Control the settings using the LED panel or via a handy remote. Sanah Faroke, PEOPLE.com, 1 July 2021 This sale includes some of our favorite products, such as the Roku Ultra, which is our top choice as far as streaming devices go thanks to its easy-to-use, intuitive interface and top-notch voice remote, which comes complete with a headphone jack. Christine Persaud, USA TODAY, 23 June 2021 Only 3% favor four or more days a week remote. —Only 10% are planning to require vaccinations for those returning to the office. David Meyer, Fortune, 18 May 2021 That was the first time in the 2020/21 school year, St. Isaac had a whole grade or grades switch to full remote due to a COVID outbreak, Burlinski said. Kimberly Fornek, chicagotribune.com, 12 Apr. 2021 The remote is wired and the motor is quiet while it is all made from durable construction. Tim Kohut, BGR, 25 June 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

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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