[ fahr ]
/ fɑr /
at or to a great distance; a long way off; at or to a remote point: We sailed far ahead of the fleet.
at or to a remote or advanced time: We talked far into the night.
at or to a great, advanced, or definite point of progress, or degree: Having come this far, we might as well continue.
much or many: I need far more time. We gained far more advantages.
adjective, far·ther or fur·ther, far·thest or fur·thest.
being at a great distance; remote in time or place: a far country; the far future.
extending to a great distance: the far frontiers of empire.
more distant of the two: the far side.
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- 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.
far and away, by far; undoubtedly: She is far and away the smartest one in the class.
far and wide, to great lengths; over great distances: He traveled far and wide in search of his missing son.Also far and near, near and far.
far be it from me, I do not wish or dare (to interrupt, criticize, etc.): Far be it from me to complain, but it's getting stuffy in here.
far out, Slang.
few and far between. few(def 5).
how far, to what distance, extent, or degree: She didn't know how far they had gone in the mathematics text. How far do you think they can be trusted?
on the far side of. side1(def 26).
so far so good, succeeding or managing adequately to this point; doing well thus far: The work is difficult, but so far so good.
the far side. side1(def 29).
Origin of far
before 900; Middle English far, fer, Old English feorr; cognate with Old High German ferr, Old Norse fjar, Gothic fairra; akin to German fern far, Latin porrō forward, further
Related formsfar·ness, nouno·ver·far, adverb, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for far and near
/ (fɑː) /
adverb farther, further, farthest or furthest
at, to, or from a great distance
at or to a remote timefar in the future
to a considerable degree; very mucha far better plan
as far as
- to the degree or extent that
- to the distance or place of
- informal with reference to; as for
by far by a considerable margin
far and away by a very great margin
far and wide over great distances; everywhere
far be it from me I would not presume; on no accountfar be it from me to tell you what to do
- 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
go too far to exceed reasonable limits
how far? to what extent, distance, or degree?
in so far as to the degree or extent that
- up to the present moment
- up to a certain point, extent, degree, etc
so far, so good an expression of satisfaction with progress made
remote in space or timea far country; in the far past
extending a great distance; long
more distantthe far end of the room
a far cry
- a long way
- something very different
far from in a degree, state, etc, remote fromhe is far from happy
Derived Formsfarness, noun
Word Origin for far
Old English feorr; related to Old Frisian fīr, Old High German ferro, Latin porro forwards, Greek pera further
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Idioms and Phrases with far and near (1 of 2)
far and near
Everywhere, at a distance and nearby. For example, People came from far and near to see the Pope. [c. a.d. 1000]
Idioms and Phrases with far and near (2 of 2)
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
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