Definition of far in English:



  • 1often with adverbial At, to, or by a great distance (used to indicate the extent to which one thing is distant from another)

    ‘the house was not too far away’
    ‘the mountains far in the distance glowed in the sun’
    • ‘Those who stand far distant from it might find it easy to pronounce upon her fate.’
    • ‘A blanket of stars was sparkling above them and a crescent moon sat far in the distance.’
    • ‘Then he looked out in the distance, far beyond the airfield and the prairie that rushed to meet it.’
    • ‘Silver blue mountains far to the east were haloed with deep crimson from the rising sun.’
    • ‘Maura squinted into the sun, looking out to the spreading lands far in the distant.’
    • ‘Mist fills the middle ground, and the background mountains appear to be far in the distance.’
    • ‘The horizon is low, the masts and hulks of the ships making a series of horizontals and verticals receding far into the distance.’
    • ‘The mountains looming far to my right, the West Alps told me we had crossed into France.’
    • ‘From somewhere to his left, far in the distance, came the yowl of a large, angry cat.’
    • ‘Far in the distance floated the sonorous and mournful cry of the imam calling the midday prayers.’
    • ‘Your thoughts can take a course of their own and connect two points or places far apart in both distance and time.’
    • ‘You can see the bus stop across the pavement, the cliffs far in the distance and even into our neighbour's back garden.’
    a long way, a great distance, a good way, afar
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  • 2Over a large expanse of space or time.

    ‘he had not travelled far’
    figurative ‘that's why we have come so far and done as well as we have’
    • ‘Because its pollen is heavy and will not travel far, its seed will produce good results.’
    • ‘Gregoire won't need to travel far to get to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.’
    • ‘The majority of those left behind are too young, old or sick to travel far.’
    • ‘They are grateful they don't have to travel far to get their hands on the 70s gear.’
    • ‘However as the energy is now spread over a wider area, the energy does not travel as far.’
    • ‘These types are usually short lived and do not travel very far.’
    • ‘Do Italian women have to travel that far to find such garish outfits?’
    • ‘Sound travels far, over water, and this sound was loud enough in its own right.’
    • ‘He has travelled far since taking the Boro job four years ago, but can he take it further?’
    • ‘Now that we have our own place, I doubt we will travel far to make our records.’
    • ‘Sure the flying is some of the best to be found anywhere in the world but the bulk of pilots just are not prepared to travel that far.’
    • ‘You did not always have to travel that far to see the wildlife.’
    • ‘I like Walvis because you don't need to travel far to get to some of the best outdoors spots in this country.’
    • ‘As a lazy fat cat with a liking for home comforts, Boo-boo is not an animal who ever travels far.’
    • ‘She was forced by her father to leave her home and travel far to marry a man who is a great enemy to her people.’
    • ‘You don't have to travel far and it's much cheaper not having to get a taxi home from Manchester.’
    • ‘If they had travelled far enough, spare a thought for one of the mascots, who came all the way from Los Angeles.’
    to a certain extent, to a limited extent, up to a point, to a degree, to some extent, within reason, within limits
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  • 3By a great deal.

    ‘he is able to function far better than usual’
    • ‘While an improvement on the previous plan, it still falls far short of acceptable.’
    • ‘It had taken him far longer than usual but at last Ian had managed to use his power and make her sleep.’
    • ‘We had far more calls than usual and couldn't take them all to air, which is always a good sign.’
    • ‘This, frankly, falls far short of what the minister and the voters require.’
    • ‘It was an excellent campaigning sale and four of us sold 43 papers at the tube, far more than usual.’
    much, very much, considerably, markedly, immeasurably, decidedly, greatly, significantly, substantially, appreciably, noticeably, materially, signally
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  • 1attributive Situated at a great distance in space or time.

    ‘the far reaches of the universe’
    • ‘It was all about the people and their historic journey into the far reaches of space.’
    • ‘From up here the city of Brisbane is nothing more than a white dot in the far distance.’
    • ‘A pair of conical shapes away in the far distance had me confused before I realised they must be the Paps of Jura.’
    • ‘He glanced out the inch-thick glass set in the ship's hull beside him, into the far reaches of space.’
    • ‘On a fine day the southern tip of Walney Island can be glimpsed on the horizon along with Piel Castle in the far distance.’
    • ‘All we could hear were the whisper of water and the roar of a speedboat in the far distance.’
    • ‘Snaefell, the highest hill on the Isle of Man, can just be spotted in the far distance.’
    • ‘In the far distance, at the unbroken horizon, the sea melds indistinguishably with the sky.’
    • ‘When the director was ready, Hamilton waved to the actress, who was now a dot in the far distance, and she began to move.’
    • ‘It was low tide and in the far distance, perhaps a full mile away, lay the distant glint of the sea.’
    • ‘Yet here in the far reaches of the European world, such conceptions of love are dragged back into the shadows.’
    • ‘The only other signs of human life were a couple of windscreens glinting in the far distance.’
    • ‘We found a pretty stream behind the local houses, with golden fields stretching away to the far distance.’
    • ‘Pimlico to Woodburn has been fairly prosperous so the salt water must be pushing up into the far reaches of the river.’
    • ‘Out in the country, haze in the distance shrouds the far farmsteads and banks of trees.’
    • ‘In the far distance, along the humping road, an army truck crawls up the horizon towards us.’
    • ‘I don't see the sky, wide and open, or the hills, range on range, fading into the far distance.’
    distant, faraway, far off
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    1. 1.1 More distant than another object of the same kind.
      ‘he was standing in the far corner’
      • ‘The midfielder, revelling in a more advanced role, chested the ball down and lashed it into the far corner of the net with his left foot.’
      • ‘He was the hero a minute later slamming a low drive into the far corner from an acute angle.’
      • ‘He took one touch and then tucked the ball neatly and unstoppably into the far corner.’
      • ‘His low, hard shot to the far corner of the net gives Houlihan no chance.’
      • ‘Rob Hayhurst found himself on a big shoal of bream in the far corner of the main pond.’
    2. 1.2 Distant from a point seen as central; extreme.
      ‘the far north of Scotland’
      ‘the success of the far Right’
      • ‘The silver must have been imported from the far north, Turkey, maybe even Central Asia.’
      • ‘Ayako made her way down towards her desk that was situated towards the far end of the large room.’
      • ‘With views across the far north of Scotland and beyond to Orkney, the panorama is one of the best from any mountain.’
      • ‘With good British perversity, Sutherland is of course in the far NORTH of Scotland.’
      • ‘The Swift is a common summer visitor everywhere except in the far north and west Scotland.’
      • ‘Wayne Finnie's long throw was headed on by Graham Knight finding Cormack unmarked at the far post, who fired home.’
      • ‘The climate of the far north of Italy may be continental while that of central and southern Italy is Mediterranean.’
      further, more distant
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  • as far as

    • 1For as great a distance as.

      ‘the river stretched away as far as he could see’
      • ‘The staff shortage had also been tackled by a major recruitment drive reaching as far as Australia.’
      • ‘From my couch I looked out the window and watched them walk as far as I could see.’
      • ‘I wouldn't trust them as far as I could throw them, which is no distance at all.’
      • ‘It was dark and brooding and stretched away into the distance as far as Becki could see.’
      • ‘The ridges of each mountain are related to one another that we can continue walking as far as we want.’
      1. 1.1For a great enough distance to reach.
        ‘I decided to walk as far as the village’
        • ‘Key and Alone had flown as far as they could, and had now reached a dead end.’
        • ‘To do this I had to stand with the pole vertically by my side and reach up as far as I could with my right hand.’
        • ‘On the Eden salmon and a few sea trout have reached at least as far as Lazonby Estate.’
        • ‘The cross plate might have wings to reach as far as the beams, but query if this be necessary.’
        • ‘Plans are also afoot to place a cycle path along the top of the new wall reaching as far as Shoebury East Beach.’
      2. 1.2To the extent that.
        ‘as far as I am concerned it is no big deal’
        • ‘Rather, the Ombudsman now seeks to take each case as far as is necessary for a just resolution to be reached.’
        • ‘She was dead as far as any of the villagers were concerned, until she went to one house and saw her father.’
        • ‘Well, inequality, which as far as they are both concerned, are one and the same thing.’
        • ‘Cowling is a difficult village as far as ideal places to house a community centre go.’
        • ‘It is as far as the film is prepared to go but more than enough, I would imagine, for most viewers.’
  • be a far cry from

    • Be very different to.

      ‘he is a far cry from the telegenic legislators who increasingly prowl Capitol Hill’
      • ‘They are a far cry from the people that surrounded me when I was a member of the Liberal party.’
      • ‘This is the fifth generation of the Sonata and it is a far cry from the first generation model I found so tempting.’
      • ‘This is a far cry from handing over degree certificates for cash - as the headlines implied.’
      • ‘Lama's upbringing was a far cry from his current life as an animal rights activist.’
      • ‘For Mrs Bulloch, 30, her role as shop manager is a far cry from her previous job as an air hostess.’
  • by far

    • By a great amount.

      ‘this was by far the largest city in the area’
      • ‘Honey featured in many drinks because it was by far the most easily available sweetening agent.’
      • ‘The most toxic substance known by far is the entirely natural botulinum toxin.’
      • ‘Wine has been produced here for 2,700 years and is still by far the major industry.’
      • ‘This is by far the largest amount of cocaine ever to be seized in Durban, police said.’
      • ‘Brian has been selling tickets for years and is by far the clubs best ticket seller.’
      much, very much, considerably, markedly, immeasurably, decidedly, greatly, significantly, substantially, appreciably, noticeably, materially, signally
      by a great amount, by a good deal, by a long chalk, by a long shot, by a long way, by a mile, far and away
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  • far and away

    • By a very large amount.

      ‘he is far and away the most accomplished player’
      • ‘I submitted a photography assignment on Monday that was far and away my best yet.’
      • ‘By far and away the most wondrous aspect of PVA is its characteristic of turning to hard solid plastic once dry.’
      • ‘I'd been hoping for this, I love Les Mis, it's far and away my favourite musical.’
      • ‘In the use of the nutrients that feed our crops, China is now far and away the world leader.’
      • ‘Disturbing and humane, they are far and away the best in the exhibition.’
      by far, by a great amount, by a good deal, by a long chalk, by a long shot, by a long way, by a mile
      by a great amount, by a good deal, by a long chalk, by a long shot, by a long way, by a mile
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  • far and near

    • Everywhere.

      ‘people came from far and near to the party’
      • ‘For over 40 years now the tree has attracted visitors from far and near and has proven to be one of Laois' greatest attractions.’
      • ‘He also wanted to thank the clubs loyal supporters, from far and near, who supported the clubs' journey during the year.’
      • ‘I know people came from far and near to be with us on the night and I can tell you it meant a lot to have so many of our friends celebrating with us and enjoying themselves.’
      • ‘Sheamie was a gifted piano and accordion player and had his own modern dance band that provided entertainment to many of his old friends far and near.’
      • ‘People came from far and near to use the pool and will have fond memories of the long warm summer of 2003.’
      everywhere, here, there, and everywhere, far and wide, all over, all around, all over the world, throughout the land, worldwide
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  • far and wide

    • Over a large area.

      ‘expanding industry sucked in labour from far and wide’
      • ‘Few had ever seen her, though tales of her strength, her beauty and her generous gifts spread far and wide.’
      • ‘Stephen was known far and wide for his love of Irish culture, particularly music, song and dance.’
      • ‘He was a noted musician and was renowned for his ability to play the flute which earned him recognition far and wide.’
      • ‘The bloggers scour far and wide for news reports and bring the most salient ones to the attention of their readers.’
      • ‘Now I could go with my friends and we roamed far and wide, often taking a picnic with us.’
      everywhere, here, there, and everywhere, far and near, all over, all around, all over the world, throughout the land, worldwide
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  • far be it from (or for) me to

    • Used to express reluctance to do something which one thinks may be resented.

      ‘far be it from me to speculate on his reasons’
      • ‘Now far be it for me to advise people with huge reputations in fitness and team preparation, but proper man management and different training methods must come into play for different players and players of varied ages.’
      • ‘Well, they've done their security assessment and they've come to their judgments and far be it for me to second guess them.’
      • ‘Now, far be it for me to tempt fate, but these names have a certain ring to them.’
      • ‘And if the bosses - far be it for me to make a decision on behalf of the bosses - found it in their heart to actually donate all of the advertising revenue, I reckon that'd be sensational.’
      • ‘Ok well I'm not the biggest Eminem fan so far be it for me to defend him.’
  • far from

    • Tending to the opposite of what is expected.

      ‘conditions were far from satisfactory’
      • ‘Players are so in fear of stepping out of line off the pitch they are far from relaxed by the time they step onto it.’
      • ‘While this is a far from perfect democratic election, the genie may well be out of the bottle.’
      • ‘However, the chances are something would get you in the end and it would be a far from peaceful way to go.’
      • ‘To say that at most one person may have taken part in a more formal protest on a Saturday is far from the truth.’
      • ‘I'd love to tell you all about it in fine detail but one-handed typing is far from fun.’
      not, not at all, nowhere near, a long way from, the opposite of
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  • far from it

    • Used to indicate that the truth is the opposite of what is being suggested.

      ‘this doesn't make him boring—far from it!’
      • ‘This is not to say that this is a bad movie, far from it.’
      • ‘This isn't a bad record, far from it; it's just not punchy enough.’
      • ‘Fair enough, you might say, but it's not as simple as that; far from it.’
      • ‘Of course the crew isn't all local; far from it.’
      • ‘We do not live in a perfect society, far from it.’
  • far gone

    • 1In a bad or worsening state.

      ‘a few frames from the original film were too far gone to salvage’
      • ‘Hollywood is even more far gone than I had imagined.’
      • ‘A container of Dutch-style feta cheese that I was really looking forward to having, and which turned out to be very far gone - fizzy in fact!’
      • ‘The groundfishery is simply too far gone to recover.’
      • ‘I've always been a big fan of biking, but when I found out that my old road bike was finally too far gone to be resurrected, it was time to shop around for a new one.’
      • ‘She's the Democrats' best hope if Davis is too far gone.’
      1. 1.1informal Very intoxicated or ill.
        ‘everyone was far gone by now’
        • ‘Alison was already too far gone to be transferred and if we had to run the gauntlet to St Mary's I might have lost her and my babies.’
        • ‘I never see them any more, they're too far gone really, but nor would I want to, I'm sure I'd feel the temptation to dabble if I was in their company.’
        • ‘I was too drunk and too far gone to care: my whole body felt like one big climax and the sheer power of what was taking place in that room was enough for me.’
        • ‘One of his sons says Van Sickle wants to go home, while his other three children say he is too far gone to know what he wants.’
        • ‘I was so far gone that I remained unfazed when it was revealed to me that Jack's address was 1983 Chevy Camaro Drive.’
    • 2Advanced in time.

      ‘when he awoke the day was far gone’
      • ‘Well, the subsequent email exchange went as follows, and I think it just goes to show how far gone into the world of email communication and pop culture references we post Gen-X kids are.’
      • ‘The season is too far gone for the vote of confidence.’
      • ‘Now that the semester's too far gone for students to feel like they're just testing out this university, all sorts of behaviours odd and disquieting are emerging.’
  • go far

    • 1Achieve a great deal.

      ‘everyone was sure he would go far’
      • ‘And I am sure she'll go far, if the sound thrashing I received is anything to go by.’
      • ‘He has dyslexia and therefore he didn't not go far in school having achieved only grade 3 by the age of 14.’
      • ‘It explained, in particular, that the establishment of an international tribunal would go far toward the achievement of this aim.’
      • ‘I like the idea, but I'm not sure he's going far on that.’
      • ‘William is said to be a genuinely nice guy, who will I'm sure, go far.’
      be successful, succeed, prosper, flourish, thrive, get on, get on in the world, make good, make one's way in the world, make headway, make progress, gain advancement, climb the ladder of success, rise in the world, set the world on fire
      be successful, succeed, be a success, do well, do well for oneself, do all right for oneself, make progress, achieve a great deal, get on, get somewhere, get on in the world, get ahead, advance oneself, make good, set the world on fire
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    • 2Be worth or amount to much.

      ‘the money would not go far at this year's prices’
      • ‘Independent research commissioned by A1 Grand Prix suggests it is a concept that could go far and bring in big applauded in principle. But does it go far enough and will people actually pay IBM to take away their old machines?’
      • ‘But because the loans are small, sometimes $50 or $100, the money goes far.’
      • ‘That's a lot of money to spend on the economy, and it goes far in restaurants and shops in Misawa City and other towns outside the base.’
      • ‘But McLean says that money likely won't go far, and similar problems will undoubtedly dog other communities in the future.’
  • go so far as to do something

    • Do something regarded as extreme.

      ‘surely they wouldn't go so far as to break in?’
      • ‘He went so far as to propose a public transportation system to provide access to this wilderness.’
      • ‘My mother even went so far as to put up a naughty and nice chart on the fridge door, with a gold star system.’
      • ‘He even went so far as to design colour co-ordinated lilac outfits for the servants.’
      • ‘She even went so far as to provide him with a mobile phone, so she could contact him at any time.’
      • ‘This summer one person even went so far as to throw a beer bottle at me from a passing car.’
  • go too far

    • Exceed the limits of what is reasonable or acceptable.

      ‘she's been causing trouble—one of these days she'll go too far’
      • ‘Some of the purists dedicated to preserving the Art Deco style intact thought she sometimes went too far, but Blackwell let her do as she pleased.’
      • ‘When she challenges him he admonishes her for going too far, for crossing the limits, for not respecting boundaries.’
      • ‘While protecting his position was admirable, Burke often went too far and unnecessarily upset Nine.’
      • ‘Lucas went too far with the wizardry, creating an unpalatable film.’
      • ‘Some of his comments were justified but the article went too far when it suggested that the road was built was to accommodate developers.’
      go over the top, go to extremes, go overboard, not know when to stop
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  • how far

    • 1Used to ask how great a distance is.

      ‘they wanted to know how far he could travel’
      • ‘I know there are buses, but how far is it to walk?’
      • ‘If aviation fuel is noticeable at this distance from Gatwick, how far does it extend?’
      • ‘How far is it around the lakes?’
    • 2To what extent.

      ‘he was not sure how far she was committed’
      • ‘Not sure how far he got with it all, but there's a thread about his efforts somewhere about.’
      • ‘This may have been the decision of one individual, I'm not sure how far it was pursued.’
      • ‘Curators agonize over how far they should be seeking to educate or entertain.’
      • ‘The increase shows just how far the town has come with regard to its war on litter in recent months.’
      • ‘It is a sign of how far the lawless minority have taken over when they force milkmen to ride in pairs for safety's sake.’
  • so far

    • 1To a certain limited extent.

      ‘jabs and pills can protect you only so far’
      • ‘In Egypt's classrooms, lessons go only so far. Parents spend $2.4 billion annually to illegally hire private teachers.’
      • ‘Aid will go only so far; trade must do the rest.’
      • ‘You can stretch the elastic so far but you will get to the point where it snaps.’
    • 2(of a trend that seems likely to continue) up to this time.

      ‘diplomatic activity so far has failed’
      • ‘We have had very positive feedback so far and they do seem to think it is valuable and worthwhile.’
      • ‘Both teams went into the fixture unbeaten so far this season, so something had to give.’
      • ‘The arrests brought to four the number of men questioned about the allegations so far.’
      • ‘At eight feet by five feet, the bookcases will be the largest pieces to have appeared so far.’
      • ‘Bidders have so far been invited to look into the potential of their sites and submit plans.’
      • ‘This is a strategy that has yielded huge profits so far and can continue to do so.’
      • ‘There have been no murders in the borough so far this year, compared with three last year.’
      • ‘Interesting how many posts there have been so far with no one saying they saw it.’
      • ‘We have tried to speak to people at Irwell Valley, but so far we have not had that much response.’
      • ‘After graduation he is keen to continue and expand on the work he has done so far.’
      • ‘The basis of this method stuff, so far, is that the performance comes from the inside.’
      • ‘Even some of his roses have survived the worst of the weather so far this winter.’
      • ‘The group has so far raised around half of that amount and is continuing to gain funds.’
      • ‘He said a public meeting would be held in the town hall next Thursday to discuss the project so far.’
      • ‘It is believed that a small number of sites have so far been contacted, likely in the tens.’
      • ‘Experience so far suggests that house prices are more likely to stagnate than crash.’
      • ‘The prediction is based on the crimes committed so far in the period under review.’
      • ‘This means that each publication is a gamble, but so far the strategy has paid off.’
      • ‘No doubt there will be more flashbacks to come but so far the ones that have surfaced have made me smile.’
      • ‘She is trying to track family roots and has so far come up against a brick wall.’
      until now, up till now, up to now, up to this point, as yet, thus far, hitherto, up to the present, till the present, until the present, to date, by this time
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  • (in) so far as (or that)

    • To the extent that.

      ‘the play was a great success so far as attendance was concerned’
      • ‘It is success, insofar as it provides more excuses for the expansion of power over the rest of us.’
      • ‘The public, insofar as it is interested at all, grows tired of the same old faces, rather than impressed by their longevity.’
      • ‘Of course, character and personality matter to some limited extent - but only insofar as they shape policy.’
      • ‘The performances are distinguished, insofar as they can be, operating as they are in a vacuum.’
      • ‘The elections are significant only insofar as they affect the outcome of the ongoing battle for change.’
  • so far so good

    • Progress has been satisfactory up to now.

      ‘‘How's the job going?’ ‘So far so good.’’
      • ‘Just dropped in to let you know that I'm back, I had a couple of nice safe flights back home, nothing was stolen as far as I can see, no flat tires, all the cars started… so far so good!’
      • ‘The operation seems to have gone well and it's a case of so far so good but we will just have to wait and see how he recovers.’
      • ‘Anyways so far so good, Friday the 13th is ok for me today.’
      • ‘Realistically there are some things that are going to go well and some that are going to go wrong - but so far so good.’
      • ‘All right, the sky dims to violet, then the stars come out - so far so good - and someone on a mike begins the prologue but the mike wasn't hooked up right and squeaked and fed back all through the show.’
  • a — too far

    • A — regarded as being one step or stage beyond what is safe, sensible, or desirable.

      ‘the statement appears to be a claim too far’
      • ‘This is one step too far for Josey, who takes her grievances to higher places, but to no avail.’
      • ‘Even officially allowing headteachers even to request a drugs test is a step too far.’
      • ‘Many Scots see the practice as distasteful and a step too far in the drive to find adoptive parents.’
      • ‘The SFA went a step too far with Vogts, who in the final analysis just wasn't up to the job.’
      • ‘She praised the intentions of the police, but said they had gone a step too far.’


Old English feorr, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch ver, from an Indo-European root shared by Sanskrit para and Greek pera ‘further’.