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 In a remote corner of the bucolic Northeast Kingdom, The Museum of Everyday Life beckons from the side of the road. BostonGlobe.com, 15 Oct. 2021 During the pandemic, employers prioritized technology to accommodate office workers who were suddenly made remote. John Machado, Forbes, 15 Oct. 2021 Get out somewhere remote, get a little freaky, and just focus on my art. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 15 Oct. 2021 Tibú is a remote town in the rural Catatumbo region, where guerrilla groups and narco-trafficking organizations are known to control large areas of the territory. Stefano Pozzebon And Ana Victoria Cucalón, CNN, 15 Oct. 2021 The geologist was last seen at a job site in a remote part of Buckeye, ABC15 reported. Nicholas Rice, PEOPLE.com, 14 Oct. 2021 The pandemic turned traditional public school education upside down, forcing districts to go to remote models and find ways to teach students in non-traditional settings. Robert Higgs, cleveland, 14 Oct. 2021 Those providing public comment in person have until 7 p.m. to sign up the day of the hearing and those providing remote public comment must sign up by 3 p.m. Clara Hendrickson, Detroit Free Press, 14 Oct. 2021 Bodhi—their biological 4-year-old with autism—had remote sessions for occupational therapy, speech therapy and special education. Rosie Colosi, NBC News, 14 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The free-to-view advertising supported short film channels will initially be available in the U.K., Italy, Spain and throughout the Nordics, via the Rakuten TV branded remote-control and pre-installed app on smart TV devices. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 15 Oct. 2021 Pivoting your business by going (or staying) remote can be scary. Mike Kappel, Forbes, 13 Oct. 2021 The remote that comes with the Vava Chroma is also well-built. Maren Estrada, BGR, 4 Oct. 2021 Forget minutes or hours, my brain has become the equivalent of a television remote permanently stuck on couch-surfing mode, cycling through interests, diversions and passions at a paralyzing pace. Todd Martens Game Critic, Los Angeles Times, 8 Sep. 2021 The XiOne will ship with a voice remote and will support the WiFi 6 standard, 4K UHD, HDR, Dolby Vision, and Dolby Atmos. Eric Vilas-boas, Vulture, 22 Sep. 2021 As a human resources professional, Spaulding recognized that offering both remote and the appropriate compensation would be a great way to attract, hire and retain top talent. Jack Kelly, Forbes, 17 Sep. 2021 In Rochester, New York, a school district had plans to begin the school year remote due to numerous bus driver resignations. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 14 Sep. 2021 The joke of all this, or maybe just the low-camp arduousness of it, is that the smartphone is a device that now seems about as novel as a television remote or a dishwasher. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 13 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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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 23 Oct. 2021.

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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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