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
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adj 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)
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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adj located far away spatially

distant lands”
Synonyms:
remote
far
located at a great distance in time or space or degree

adj separate or apart in time

distant events”
Synonyms:
remote, removed
far
located at a great distance in time or space or degree

adj 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
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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adj remote in manner

“a distant smile”
Synonyms:
aloof, upstage
reserved
marked by self-restraint and reticence

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