Definition of far in US English:



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

    ‘it was not too far away’
    ‘the mountains far in the distance glowed in the sun’
    • ‘A blanket of stars was sparkling above them and a crescent moon sat far in the distance.’
    • ‘Your thoughts can take a course of their own and connect two points or places far apart in both distance and time.’
    • ‘From somewhere to his left, far in the distance, came the yowl of a large, angry cat.’
    • ‘Then he looked out in the distance, far beyond the airfield and the prairie that rushed to meet it.’
    • ‘Far in the distance floated the sonorous and mournful cry of the imam calling the midday prayers.’
    • ‘Those who stand far distant from it might find it easy to pronounce upon her fate.’
    • ‘Silver blue mountains far to the east were haloed with deep crimson from the rising sun.’
    • ‘The horizon is low, the masts and hulks of the ships making a series of horizontals and verticals receding far into the distance.’
    • ‘You can see the bus stop across the pavement, the cliffs far in the distance and even into our neighbour's back garden.’
    • ‘Mist fills the middle ground, and the background mountains appear to be far in the distance.’
    • ‘Maura squinted into the sun, looking out to the spreading lands far in the distant.’
    • ‘The mountains looming far to my right, the West Alps told me we had crossed into France.’
    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 traveled far’
    figurative ‘that's the reason 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.’
    • ‘These types are usually short lived and do not travel very far.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He has travelled far since taking the Boro job four years ago, but can he take it further?’
    • ‘If they had travelled far enough, spare a thought for one of the mascots, who came all the way from Los Angeles.’
    • ‘However as the energy is now spread over a wider area, the energy does not travel as far.’
    • ‘You did not always have to travel that far to see the wildlife.’
    • ‘Sound travels far, over water, and this sound was loud enough in its own right.’
    • ‘Now that we have our own place, I doubt we will travel far to make our records.’
    • ‘Gregoire won't need to travel far to get to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.’
    • ‘You don't have to travel far and it's much cheaper not having to get a taxi home from Manchester.’
    • ‘I like Walvis because you don't need to travel far to get to some of the best outdoors spots in this country.’
    • ‘Do Italian women have to travel that far to find such garish outfits?’
    • ‘They are grateful they don't have to travel far to get their hands on the 70s gear.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As a lazy fat cat with a liking for home comforts, Boo-boo is not an animal who ever travels far.’
    • ‘The majority of those left behind are too young, old or sick to travel far.’
    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’
    ‘the reality has fallen far short of early expectations’
    • ‘We had far more calls than usual and couldn't take them all to air, which is always a good sign.’
    • ‘While an improvement on the previous plan, it still falls far short of acceptable.’
    • ‘This, frankly, falls far short of what the minister and the voters require.’
    • ‘It had taken him far longer than usual but at last Ian had managed to use his power and make her sleep.’
    • ‘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 low tide and in the far distance, perhaps a full mile away, lay the distant glint of the sea.’
    • ‘Pimlico to Woodburn has been fairly prosperous so the salt water must be pushing up into the far reaches of the river.’
    • ‘In the far distance, at the unbroken horizon, the sea melds indistinguishably with the sky.’
    • ‘We found a pretty stream behind the local houses, with golden fields stretching away to 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.’
    • ‘From up here the city of Brisbane is nothing more than a white dot in the far distance.’
    • ‘I don't see the sky, wide and open, or the hills, range on range, fading into the far distance.’
    • ‘The only other signs of human life were a couple of windscreens glinting in the far distance.’
    • ‘Out in the country, haze in the distance shrouds the far farmsteads and banks of trees.’
    • ‘On a fine day the southern tip of Walney Island can be glimpsed on the horizon along with Piel Castle in the far distance.’
    • ‘Yet here in the far reaches of the European world, such conceptions of love are dragged back into the shadows.’
    • ‘When the director was ready, Hamilton waved to the actress, who was now a dot in the far distance, and she began to move.’
    • ‘Snaefell, the highest hill on the Isle of Man, can just be spotted in the far distance.’
    • ‘He glanced out the inch-thick glass set in the ship's hull beside him, into the far reaches of space.’
    • ‘All we could hear were the whisper of water and the roar of a speedboat in the far distance.’
    • ‘In the far distance, along the humping road, an army truck crawls up the horizon towards us.’
    • ‘It was all about the people and their historic journey into the far reaches of space.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2 Distant from a point seen as central; extreme.
      ‘she was brought up in the far north of Scotland’
      ‘the largest electoral success for the far right since the war’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The climate of the far north of Italy may be continental while that of central and southern Italy is Mediterranean.’
      • ‘Wayne Finnie's long throw was headed on by Graham Knight finding Cormack unmarked at the far post, who fired home.’
      • ‘The silver must have been imported from the far north, Turkey, maybe even Central Asia.’
      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.’
      • ‘I wouldn't trust them as far as I could throw them, which is no distance at all.’
      • ‘The ridges of each mountain are related to one another that we can continue walking as far as we want.’
      • ‘It was dark and brooding and stretched away into the distance as far as Becki could see.’
      • ‘From my couch I looked out the window and watched them walk as far as I could see.’
      1. 1.1For a great enough distance to reach.
        ‘I decided to walk as far as the village’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘Key and Alone had flown as far as they could, and had now reached a dead end.’
      2. 1.2To the extent that.
        ‘as far as I am concerned it is no big deal’
        • ‘Well, inequality, which as far as they are both concerned, are one and the same thing.’
        • ‘She was dead as far as any of the villagers were concerned, until she went to one house and saw her father.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘Rather, the Ombudsman now seeks to take each case as far as is necessary for a just resolution to be reached.’
  • be a far cry from

    • Be very different from.

      ‘the hotel's royal suite is a far cry from the poverty of his home country’
      • ‘For Mrs Bulloch, 30, her role as shop manager is a far cry from her previous job as an air hostess.’
      • ‘Lama's upbringing was a far cry from his current life as an animal rights activist.’
      • ‘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.’
  • by far

    • By a great amount.

      ‘this was by far the largest city in the area’
      • ‘This is by far the largest amount of cocaine ever to be seized in Durban, police said.’
      • ‘Honey featured in many drinks because it was by far the most easily available sweetening agent.’
      • ‘Brian has been selling tickets for years and is by far the clubs best ticket seller.’
      • ‘Wine has been produced here for 2,700 years and is still by far the major industry.’
      • ‘The most toxic substance known by far is the entirely natural botulinum toxin.’
      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 great amount.

      ‘he is far and away the most accomplished player’
      • ‘Disturbing and humane, they are far and away the best in the exhibition.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I submitted a photography assignment on Monday that was far and away my best yet.’
      • ‘In the use of the nutrients that feed our crops, China is now far and away the world leader.’
      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.

      ‘they came from far and near to New York City’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He also wanted to thank the clubs loyal supporters, from far and near, who supported the clubs' journey during the year.’
      • ‘For over 40 years now the tree has attracted visitors from far and near and has proven to be one of Laois' greatest attractions.’
      • ‘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.

      ‘the high plains where bison roamed 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      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’
      • ‘Ok well I'm not the biggest Eminem fan so far be it for me to defend him.’
      • ‘Now, far be it for me to tempt fate, but these names have a certain ring to them.’
      • ‘Well, they've done their security assessment and they've come to their judgments and far be it for me to second guess 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.’
      • ‘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.’
  • far from

    • Very different from being; tending to the opposite of.

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

    • 1In a bad or worsening state, especially so as to be beyond recovery.

      ‘a few frames from the original film were too far gone to salvage’
      • ‘Hollywood is even more far gone than I had imagined.’
      • ‘The groundfishery is simply too far gone to recover.’
      • ‘She's the Democrats' best hope if Davis is too far gone.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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!’
      1. 1.1Advanced in time.
        ‘the legislative session is too far gone for the lengthy hearings needed to pass the bill’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘The season is too far gone for the vote of confidence.’
        • ‘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.’
  • go far

    • 1Achieve a great deal.

      ‘he was the bright one, and everyone was sure he would go far’
      • ‘It explained, in particular, that the establishment of an international tribunal would go far toward the achievement of this aim.’
      • ‘William is said to be a genuinely nice guy, who will I'm sure, go far.’
      • ‘He has dyslexia and therefore he didn't not go far in school having achieved only grade 3 by the age of 14.’
      • ‘I like the idea, but I'm not sure he's going far on that.’
      • ‘And I am sure she'll go far, if the sound thrashing I received is anything to go by.’
      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’
      • ‘But because the loans are small, sometimes $50 or $100, the money goes far.’
      • ‘But McLean says that money likely won't go far, and similar problems will undoubtedly dog other communities in the future.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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?’
    • 3Contribute greatly.

      ‘a book that goes far toward bridging the gap’
      • ‘This arrangement goes far toward reducing the characteristic unsightly bulge and, as I was to learn later, eliminates any tendency of the rig to change positions once in place.’
      • ‘In doing so, the Los Angeles Times noted, he goes far toward ‘uncovering a new thesis about where American pop culture is heading.’’
      • ‘Indeed, Menand's enthusiasm for commercialism and pop culture goes far toward explaining why his work seems so acquiescent.’
      • ‘Ficino's contributions went far beyond those he gave directly to astrology.’
      • ‘Your modeling of these behaviors goes far toward encouraging them in your child.’
  • go so far as to do something

    • Do something regarded as extreme.

      ‘surely they wouldn't go so far as to break in?’
      • ‘He even went so far as to design colour co-ordinated lilac outfits for the servants.’
      • ‘He went so far as to propose a public transportation system to provide access to this wilderness.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘My mother even went so far as to put up a naughty and nice chart on the fridge door, with a gold star system.’
  • go too far

    • Exceed the limits of what is reasonable or acceptable.

      • ‘Some of his comments were justified but the article went too far when it suggested that the road was built was to accommodate developers.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘When she challenges him he admonishes her for going too far, for crossing the limits, for not respecting boundaries.’
      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’
      • ‘If aviation fuel is noticeable at this distance from Gatwick, how far does it extend?’
      • ‘I know there are buses, but how far is it to walk?’
      • ‘How far is it around the lakes?’
    • 2To what extent.

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

    • 1To a certain limited extent.

      ‘the commitment to free trade goes only so far’
      • ‘Aid will go only so far; trade must do the rest.’
      • ‘In Egypt's classrooms, lessons go only so far. Parents spend $2.4 billion annually to illegally hire private teachers.’
      • ‘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.

      ‘we've only had one honest man so far’
      • ‘He said a public meeting would be held in the town hall next Thursday to discuss the project so far.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She is trying to track family roots and has so far come up against a brick wall.’
      • ‘Even some of his roses have survived the worst of the weather so far this winter.’
      • ‘At eight feet by five feet, the bookcases will be the largest pieces to have appeared so far.’
      • ‘There have been no murders in the borough so far this year, compared with three last year.’
      • ‘The arrests brought to four the number of men questioned about the allegations so far.’
      • ‘The group has so far raised around half of that amount and is continuing to gain funds.’
      • ‘Bidders have so far been invited to look into the potential of their sites and submit plans.’
      • ‘We have had very positive feedback so far and they do seem to think it is valuable and worthwhile.’
      • ‘Interesting how many posts there have been so far with no one saying they saw it.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Both teams went into the fixture unbeaten so far this season, so something had to give.’
      • ‘This is a strategy that has yielded huge profits so far and can continue to do so.’
      • ‘It is believed that a small number of sites have so far been contacted, likely in the tens.’
      • ‘No doubt there will be more flashbacks to come but so far the ones that have surfaced have made me smile.’
      • ‘We have tried to speak to people at Irwell Valley, but so far we have not had that much response.’
      • ‘Experience so far suggests that house prices are more likely to stagnate than crash.’
      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.

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


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