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 Much of the demand is coming from companies that are organizing retreats to boost morale and introduce new hires to company culture in an era of remote work. Kate King, WSJ, 20 Sep. 2022 School is back in session, but so is the office, leaving working parents worried about giving up the newfound flexibility that remote work afforded them in balancing childcare and their job. Chloe Berger, Fortune, 20 Sep. 2022 In recent times, as remote work has become more and more acceptable, retaining tech talent has been harder for local firms and organizations, as they're forced to compete with bigger corporations who can pay more and offer better career paths. WIRED, 20 Sep. 2022 How are startup people feeling about the startup ecosystem in Boston now — from remote work to funding to making the city more fun? Scott Kirsner,, 20 Sep. 2022 Use it for completing tasks, remote work, gaming, and more. Rachel Dube, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 Sep. 2022 Workers are demanding and getting more options like remote work. James Brown, USA TODAY, 18 Sep. 2022 Over the past few years, Miami has drawn an influx of high-profile financiers attracted by Florida’s lack of income tax as well as people who moved during the pandemic from other parts of the country, drawn by prospects of remote work. Deirdra Funcheon, Washington Post, 16 Sep. 2022 For many, remote work blurred the boundaries between work time and personal time. Bob Helbig, Orlando Sentinel, 16 Sep. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The most underrated parenting tool is the pause button on your TV remote, said therapist John Duffy, who specializes in work with teens, parents, couples and families. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, 14 Aug. 2022 This Roku streaming stick is one of our favorites thanks to its voice remote, and support for Dolby Vision HDR. Parker Hall, Wired, 13 July 2022 Sun's out, buns out — and your remote should be too. Jessica Wang,, 22 June 2022 And who knows, in the near future tapping a few buttons on your Roku remote may be followed by a Walmart drone arriving a few hours later to drop off your order. Matthew Humphries, PCMAG, 17 June 2022 However, its hardware is more futureproof, its remote is much improved over past horrorshows, and, perhaps most notably, its UI isn't as riddled with ads as competing platforms like Amazon and Roku. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, 15 June 2022 Nothing but your brain and your screen and your remote (or your cursor, or finger for your touch screen, whatever floats your boat). Evan Romano, Men's Health, 5 May 2022 The vacuum can be operated from its remote or by using the Tzumi Smart Home app that's compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Home. Carly Kulzer,, 21 Apr. 2022 While high vaccination rates in the U.S. have made the risk of polio remote, some communities have far lower vaccination rates than the country overall. Robin Fields, ProPublica, 29 July 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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