far

adverb
\ ˈfär How to pronounce far (audio) \
farther\ ˈfär-​t͟hər How to pronounce farther (audio) \ or further\ ˈfər-​t͟hər How to pronounce further (audio) \; farthest or furthest\ ˈfər-​t͟həst How to pronounce furthest (audio) \

Definition of far

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : at or to a considerable distance in space wandered far from home
2a : to a great extent : much far better methods
b : by a broad interval : widely the far distant future
3 : to or at a definite distance, point, or degree as far as I know
4 : to an advanced point or extent a bright student will go far worked far into the night
5 : at a considerable distance in time not far from the year 1870
by far
: far and away is by far the best runner
far be it from
: it would be inappropriate or impossible for far be it from me to complain
far from
: of a distinctly different and especially opposite quality than the trip was far from a failure
how far
: to what extent, degree, or distance didn't know how far to trust them
so far
1 : to a certain extent, degree, or distance when the water rose so far, we fled
2 : up to the present has written one novel so far
thus far
: so far thus far the results are negative

far

adjective
farther or further; farthest or furthest

Definition of far (Entry 2 of 3)

1a : remote in space
b : distinctly different in quality or relationship
c : remote in time
2a : long a far journey
b : of notable extent : comprehensive a man of far vision
3 : the more distant of two the far end
4 : extreme the far left a far right political organization

Definition of FAR (Entry 3 of 3)

federal air regulation

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Examples of far in a Sentence

Adverb

The dog wandered far from home. These new discoveries will allow us to see far into the past. She lives far out in the country. The house is set far back from the road. The deadline is not far off. regions far to the north a town not far from Chicago He still lives not far from where he was born. The car is far too expensive. His policies are far different from those of his predecessor.

Adjective

the far corners of the world the far reaches of outer space
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

The study reveals peculiar features at the palate that have not been described in any fossil crocodile so far. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "Jurassic Crocodile Ancestor Looks More Like a Dolphin Than a Croc," 5 Apr. 2019 So far, Harry and Meghan only have one post on their Instagram page, which is a slideshow of 10 images showing highlights of their royal work. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince William, Kate Middleton, and More Royals Welcome Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to Instagram," 2 Apr. 2019 Delaney is the only Democratic candidate so far to visit all 99 of Iowa’s counties. Alexandra Jaffe, The Seattle Times, "Warren, Klobuchar agree on breaking up Big Ag," 1 Apr. 2019 Epic’s game giveaway continues this week with probably the most addictive game so far: Slime Rancher. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Diablo rises from the dead on GOG, Dead or Alive's $93 season pass, Halo on PC?," 8 Mar. 2019 With the This Is Us season 3 finale not too far away, many fans already have their sights set on what's going to happen in season 4 and beyond. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'This Is Us' Season 4 Sounds Like It's Going to Be a REALLY Hard One for Fans," 19 Mar. 2019 West Virginia leads the nation by far in the rate of drug overdose deaths. John Raby, The Seattle Times, "Dozens speak against education bill in West Virginia," 11 Feb. 2019 Tesla quietly stopped taking new orders for the full self-driving upgrade in October 2018—seemingly an admission that the technology was still far away from completion. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "The hype around driverless cars came crashing down in 2018," 30 Dec. 2018 While tariffs introduced thus far have yet to have much impact on prices faced by consumers, the larger levies threatened to be different. ... Michael S. Derby, WSJ, "Trump’s Retreat on Tariffs May Help Keep Inflation Pressure at Bay, Report Says," 25 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan intends to retain tight control over this far-eastern town, regardless of the outcome of Sunday’s municipal elections. David Gauthier-villars, WSJ, "Erdogan Tightens Grip Over Turkey as Local Elections Loom," 29 Mar. 2019 Of course, the global celebration of International Women’s Day is a time for reflection of how far women have come, advocacy for what is still needed, and action to continue breaking down barriers. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "Why International Women's Day Is Celebrated on March 8," 28 Feb. 2019 While the jury is still out on exactly how far germs can spread through the air, the CDC says that viruses like the flu can travel 6 feet as people cough, sneeze, and talk. Colleen Stinchcombe, SELF, "These 7 Things at Your Office Are Especially Germy," 22 Feb. 2019 The analyst wanted to know whether Tesla would be seeking to raise more capital, an arguably reasonable concern as the company is burning through US$1 billion per quarter with the prospects of profitability somewhere on the far horizon.... Staff Editors, The Christian Science Monitor, "Trump’s decision on the Iran nuclear deal is ‘diplomatic vandalism’," 19 May 2018 So far this term, the right-back has only made ten appearances in a United shirt - with only two of these coming as Premier League starts. SI.com, "Forgotten Man Utd Man Matteo Darmian Linked With Promising Move to La Liga Overachievers Valencia," 17 Jan. 2018 However, the town of Cave Creek in the far north Valley has denied a permit for a popular Fourth of July fireworks show because of the high risk of wildfires in the area. Nathan J. Fish, azcentral, "Flagstaff cancels July Fourth fireworks show, citing fire danger," 22 June 2018 Since then, Baker has gotten much of the far north’s tourism sector on board with the new moniker. David Ferry, San Francisco Chronicle, "“Upstate CA?” Northern California has an image problem," 6 June 2018 Coming this far north to play a regional is foreign territory for most programs, and the committee did its best to account for that, sending teams from Spokane and Buffalo to Minneapolis. Eric Single, SI.com, "Everything You Must Know About the NCAA Baseball Tournament Regionals," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of far

Adverb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for far

Adverb

Middle English fer, from Old English feorr; akin to Old High German ferro far, Old English faran to go — more at fare

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Financial Definition of FAR

What It Is

Free asset ratio refers to the net assets of an insurance company as a percentage of its total assets.  Free assets are the same as net assets, that is, assets that are not obligated to insurance policies.

How It Works

The formula for calculating FAR is:

FAR = (Total Assets – Secured Assets) / Total Assets

An insurance company must maintain certain financial reserves on hand to cover its obligations to its policyholders. The insurance company invests in assets that produce income for the company. A portion of these assets is pledged to secure the obligations of the company. The remaining portion is free assets.

For example, if Company XYZ has $1,000,000 in total assets and $700,000 of that are liabilities tied to policies, then its free asset ratio is 30%.

1,000,000 - 700,000 = 300,000
300,000 / 1,000,000 = 0.3 = 30%

Why It Matters

British insurance companies use this ratio as a solvency measure. It is measured as available assets less required minimum margin of solvency divided by admissible assets. The higher the percentage of the ratio, the more easily it allows the insurance company to expand its operations.

Source: Investing Answers

far

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of far

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: at or to a great distance in space or time
: to a great extent
: to or at a particular distance, point, or degree

far

adjective

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

: very distant in space or time
used to refer to the side, end, etc., that is more distant

far

adverb
\ ˈfär How to pronounce far (audio) \
farther\ ˈfär-​t͟hər \ or further\ ˈfər-​ \; farthest\ ˈfär-​t͟həst \ or furthest\ ˈfər-​ \

Kids Definition of far

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : at or to a great distance in space or time far from home He read far into the night.
2 : to a great extent : much far better
3 : to or at a definite distance or point I walked as far as I could.
4 : to an advanced point A smart student can go far.
by far
: by a great extent or degree better by far

far

adjective
farther or further; farthest or furthest

Kids Definition of far (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : very distant in space or time a far country
2 : the more distant of two the far side of the stream
3 : long entry 1 sense 2 a far journey

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