far

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.

Primary Meanings of far

1.
advadj
at or to or from a great distance in space
located at a great distance in time or space or degree
2.
adj
being the animal or vehicle on the right or being on the right side of an animal or vehicle
Full Definitions of far
1

adv at or to or from a great distance in space

“he traveled far
“strayed far from home”
“sat far away from each other”

adv remote in time

“if we could see far into the future”
“all that happened far in the past”

adv to an advanced stage or point

“a young man who will go very far

adv to a considerable degree; very much

“a far far better thing that I do”
“felt far worse than yesterday”
“eyes far too close together”

adv 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?”

adj 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”
Synonyms:
cold
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
farther
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
outlying
relatively far from a center or middle
Antonyms:
close, near, nigh
not far distant in time or space or degree or circumstances
adjacent
near or close to but not necessarily touching
nearby
close at hand
warm
of a seeker; near to the object sought
hot
of a seeker; very near to the object sought
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adj beyond a norm in opinion or actions

“the far right”
Synonyms:
immoderate
beyond reasonable limits

adj being of a considerable distance or length

“a far trek”
Synonyms:
long
primarily spatial sense; of relatively great or greater than average spatial extension or extension as specified
2

adj 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”
Synonyms:
right
being or located on or directed toward the side of the body to the east when facing north

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