Use the adverb far to mean "distant," "remote," or "at a geat distance away." When you see a ship far out at sea, it's so remote from where you are that you might soon need binoculars to catch a glimpse of it.

Far is used as both an adverb and an adjective, and it can mean both "distant in space," but also "distant in time," and "a lot." Therefore you can say, "Just look at us! We've come so far!" and also "You are far better at speaking French than I am." Old English had slightly different words for the adjective — feorr — and the adverb — feor.

Definitions of far
  1. adverb
    at or to or from a great distance in space
    “he traveled far
    “strayed far from home”
    “sat far away from each other”
  2. adverb
    remote in time
    “if we could see far into the future”
    “all that happened far in the past”
  3. adverb
    to an advanced stage or point
    “a young man who will go very far
  4. adverb
    to a considerable degree; very much
    “a far far better thing that I do”
    “felt far worse than yesterday”
    “eyes far too close together”
  5. adverb
    at or to a certain point or degree
    “I can only go so far before I have to give up”
    “how far can we get with this kind of argument?”
  6. adjective
    located at a great distance in time or space or degree
    “we come from a far country”
    far corners of the earth”
    “the far future”
    “a far journey”
    “the far side of the road”
    far from the truth”
    far in the future”
    of a seeker; far from the object sought
    distant, remote
    located far away spatially
    distant, remote, removed
    separate or apart in time
    far-off, faraway
    very far away in space or time
    more distant in especially space or time
    farthermost, farthest, furthermost, furthest, utmost, uttermost
    (comparatives of `far') most remote in space or time or order
    farther, further
    more distant in especially degree
    off the beaten track, out-of-the-way
    remote from populous or much-traveled regions
    relatively far from a center or middle
    see moresee less
    close, near, nigh
    not far distant in time or space or degree or circumstances
    near or close to but not necessarily touching
    close at hand
    of a seeker; near to the object sought
    of a seeker; very near to the object sought
    show more antonyms...
  7. adjective
    beyond a norm in opinion or actions
    “the far right”
    beyond reasonable limits
  8. adjective
    being of a considerable distance or length
    “a far trek”
    primarily spatial sense; of relatively great or greater than average spatial extension or extension as specified
  9. adjective
    being the animal or vehicle on the right or being on the right side of an animal or vehicle
    “the horse on the right is the far horse”
    “the right side is the far side of the horse”
    being or located on or directed toward the side of the body to the east when facing north
Word Family

Test prep from the experts

Boost your test score with programs developed by’s experts.

  • Proven methods: Learn faster, remember longer with our scientific approach.
  • Personalized plan: We customize your experience to maximize your learning.
  • Strategic studying: Focus on the words that are most crucial for success.


  • Number of words: 500+
  • Duration: 8 weeks or less
  • Time: 1 hour / week


  • Number of words: 500+
  • Duration: 10 weeks or less
  • Time: 1 hour / week


  • Number of words: 700+
  • Duration: 10 weeks
  • Time: 1 hour / week