adjective, far·ther or fur·ther, far·thest or fur·thest.
- by a great deal; very much: too expensive by far.
- plainly; obviously: This melon is by far the ripest of the lot.
- unconventional; offbeat: His sense of humor is far out.
- radical; extreme: political opinions that are far out.
- recondite or esoteric: an interest in art that was considered far out.
- to attain success: With so much talent he should go far.
- to have a great effect toward; help: The new evidence will go far toward proving the defendant's guilt.
- up to now: So far, I've had no reply to my request.
- up to a certain point or extent: We were able to plan only so far because of various factors beyond our control.
- up to the present; up to now: We have met no resistance to our plan thus far.
- to a particular degree, point, or extent: When you get thus far in the experiment, consult with the professor.
Origin of far
Examples from the Web for far
So far, all the players seemed to be willing to wait their turn.The Golden State Preps for the ‘Red Wedding’ of Senate Races|David Freedlander|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
As far as I can tell, this magazine spent as much time making fun of French politicians as it did of Muslims or Islam.
But sources said that the evidence so far is pointing away from an ISIS connection.U.S. Spies See Al Qaeda Fingerprints on Paris Massacre|Shane Harris, Nancy A. Youssef|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
I think the response of the French government so far has been pretty appropriate in that regard.
Mr. Huckabee far overshadows his kinder, gentler Gov. Huckabee.
As he turned into the avenue himself, Miss Merry, who was far ahead, happened to look back.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit|Charles Dickens
I too am a son of Jhebbal Sag, out of a fire-being from a far realm.Beyond the Black River|Robert E. Howard
The banks on each side were high and steep, making it far from an ideal fording place.The Pony Rider Boys in Texas|Frank Gee Patchin
The young man was taken through the house and conducted along the street as far as the next ingress to the walls.Rich Relatives|Compton Mackenzie
At that age and in its then condition a strong ruler--native if possible, if not, foreign--was by far the best hope for Ireland.The Story Of Ireland|Emily Lawless
British Dictionary definitions for far
adverb farther, further, farthest or furthest
- to the degree or extent that
- to the distance or place of
- informal with reference to; as for
- in an advanced state of deterioration
- informal extremely drunk
- to be successful; achieve muchyour son will go far
- to be sufficient or last longthe wine didn't go far
- up to the present moment
- up to a certain point, extent, degree, etc
- a long way
- something very different
Word Origin for far
Word Origin and History for far
Old English feorr "far, remote, distant, to a great distance, long ago," from Proto-Germanic *ferro (cf. Old Saxon ferr, Old Frisian fer, Old Norse fjarre, Dutch ver, Old High German ferro, German fern, Gothic fairra), from PIE *per- "through, across, beyond" (cf. Sanskrit parah "farther, remote, ulterior," Hittite para "outside of," Greek pera "across, beyond," Latin per "through," Old Irish ire "farther"). Far East "China, Japan, and surrounding regions" is from 1838.
Idioms and Phrases with far
In addition to the idioms beginning with far
- far afield
- far and away
- far and near
- far and wide
- far be it from one to
- far cry from, a
- far from
- far gone
- far out
- as far as
- as far as possible
- as far as that goes
- by far
- carry too far
- few and far between
- go far
- go so far as to
- go too far
- so far
- so far so good