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
Related Words for fardistant, deep, long, much, well, somewhat, significantly, bit, piece, remote, ways, miles, afar, far-flung, far-off, faraway, out-of-the-way, outlying, removed
Examples from the Web for far
Contemporary Examples of 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
January 9, 2015
As far as I can tell, this magazine spent as much time making fun of French politicians as it did of Muslims or Islam.
How far has Congress really evolved on race when in 50 years it has gone from one black senator to two?The Unbearable Whiteness of Congress
January 8, 2015
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
I think the response of the French government so far has been pretty appropriate in that regard.
Historical Examples of far
These losses are doubtless irreparable so far as the stocks in question are concerned.
He was far from expecting to meet him on shipboard bound to India.
Uncle Peter did succeed in walking as far as Madison Square.
I can't say, captain, for I don't know the man; but I don't like to trust any man too far.
He resolved to be as prudent as possible, and avoid, as far as he could, any altercation with Haley.
adverb farther, further, farthest or furthest
- to the degree or extent that
- to the distance or place of
- informalwith reference to; as for
- in an advanced state of deterioration
- informalextremely 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
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.
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