distant

Distant describes something that's far away, like another planet, a ship far out at sea, or the cousin who never calls or shows up for family events.

Time, like miles, can make something distant. People get excited during awards season, but most have at best a distant recollection of who won Oscars two years ago — meaning the memory is remote. If you've ever been accused of seeming distant, how were you acting at the time? Distracted, not showing much interest or patience, bored? Too many experiences like that and once-close friends will become distant, meaning they'll drift apart.

Definitions of distant
  1. adjective
    separated in space or coming from or going to a distance
    distant villages”
    “the sound of distant traffic”
    “a distant sound”
    “a distant telephone call”
    Synonyms:
    far
    located at a great distance in time or space or degree
    deep
    very distant in time or space
    extreme
    most distant in any direction
    far-flung
    remote
    long-distance
    covering a long distance
    nonadjacent
    not adjacent; not next
    out-of-town
    happening in or being of another town or city
    yon, yonder
    distant but within sight (`yon' is dialectal)
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    Antonyms:
    close
    at or within a short distance in space or time or having elements near each other
    adjacent, next, side by side
    nearest in space or position; immediately adjoining without intervening space
    ambient
    completely enveloping
    adpressed, appressed
    pressed close to or lying flat against something
    approximate, close together
    located close together
    at hand, close at hand, imminent, impendent, impending
    close in time; about to occur
    at hand, close at hand
    close in space; within reach
    close-hauled
    having the sails trimmed for sailing as close to the wind as possible
    close set, close-set
    set close together
    contiguous, immediate
    very close or connected in space or time
    circumferent, encompassing, surrounding
    closely encircling
    enveloping
    surrounding and closing in on or hemming in
    hand-to-hand
    being at close quarters
    juxtaposed
    placed side by side often for comparison
    nestled, snuggled
    drawn or pressed close to someone or something for or as if for affection or protection
    proximate
    very close in space or time
    scalelike
    reduced to a small appressed thing that resembles a scale
    walk-to, walking
    close enough to be walked to
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  2. adjective
    located far away spatially
    distant lands”
    synonyms: remote
    far
    located at a great distance in time or space or degree
  3. adjective
    separate or apart in time
    distant events”
    synonyms: remote, removed
    far
    located at a great distance in time or space or degree
  4. adjective
    far apart in relevance or relationship or kinship
    “a distant cousin”
    “a distant likeness”
    synonyms: remote
    faraway
    far removed mentally
    loosely knit
    having only distant social or legal ties
    removed
    separated in relationship by a given degree of descent
    ulterior
    beyond or outside an area of immediate interest; remote
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    Antonyms:
    close
    close in relevance or relationship
    approximate, near
    very close in resemblance
    boon
    very close and convivial
    buddy-buddy, chummy, thick
    (used informally) associated on close terms
    close-knit, closely knit
    held together as by social or cultural ties
    confidential
    denoting confidence or intimacy
    cozy
    suggesting connivance
    dear, good, near
    with or in a close or intimate relationship
    familiar, intimate
    having mutual interests or affections; of established friendship
    intimate
    marked by close acquaintance, association, or familiarity
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  5. adjective
    remote in manner
    “a distant smile”
    synonyms: aloof, upstage
    reserved
    marked by self-restraint and reticence
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