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[ ri-moht ]


, re·mot·er, re·mot·est.
  1. far apart; far distant in space; situated at some distance away:

    the remote jungles of Brazil.

    Antonyms: near, close

  2. out-of-the-way; secluded:

    a remote village;

    a remote mountaintop.

    Synonyms: solitary, apart, removed, isolated

  3. (of an electronic device or technical process) operating or controlled from a distance, as by remote control:

    a remote camera.

  4. not direct, primary, or proximate; not directly involved or influential:

    the remote causes of the war.

  5. slight or faint; unlikely:

    The committee doesn't have the remotest idea of how to address the basic issue.

    So with two games remaining, we actually have a remote chance of making the play-offs.

    Synonyms: doubtful

  6. noting or relating to work, schooling, or other activities that take place away from their usual place, site, or building: Teachers have distance learning lessons prepared in advance for weather emergencies that necessitate remote instruction.

    The company allows remote work for freelancers, but full-time employees are expected to work on site.

    Teachers have distance learning lessons prepared in advance for weather emergencies that necessitate remote instruction.

  7. reserved and distant in manner; not warmly cordial; aloof.

    Synonyms: withdrawn, retiring, reticent

  8. far off; abstracted; removed:

    principles remote from actions.

  9. distant in time:

    remote antiquity.

  10. distant in relationship or connection:

    a remote ancestor.


  1. Radio and Television. a broadcast, usually live, from a location outside a studio.


/ rɪˈməʊt /


  1. located far away; distant
  2. far from any centre of population, society, or civilization; out-of-the-way
  3. distant in time
  4. distantly related or connected

    a remote cousin

  5. removed, as from the source or point of action
  6. slight or faint (esp in the phrases not the remotest idea, a remote chance )
  7. (of a person's manner) aloof or abstracted
  8. operated from a distance; remote-controlled

    a remote monitor

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Derived Forms

  • reˈmoteness, noun
  • reˈmotely, adverb

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Other Words From

  • re·mote·ly adverb
  • re·mote·ness noun
  • un·re·mote adjective
  • un·re·mote·ness noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of remote1

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English, from Latin remōtus, past participle of removēre “to move back”; remove, motion

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Word History and Origins

Origin of remote1

C15: from Latin remōtus far removed, from removēre , from re- + movēre to move

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Example Sentences

Online voter registration, while not unique to mail-in voting, is a critical part of the remote voting process.

From Fortune

We're here to tell you remote work doesn't have to feel so remote.

Dell expanded its longstanding “Connected Workplace” program offering flexibility for remote work to its full workforce in July.

From Fortune

Maybe it’s because remote work leaves them untethered to cities, or because it’s what they think they should do as newlyweds or young parents.

From Quartz

Flying for the first time since a failure two months ago, Rocket Lab's Electron rocket delivered Capella Space's first commercial radar remote-sensing satellite to orbit Sunday after lifting off from New Zealand, Spaceflight Now reports.

In a remote location with little means for economic development, the Brogpas have cultivating this identity to their advantage.

The remote controlled flying craft has gone from covert military ops to a communal backyard hobby.

In a tiny, remote Chinese village, an ancient Roman bloodline may live on.

In a remote corner of China, one village tells a strange lineage tale.

Some critics have made the same sorts of arguments about the remote and effete president.

And it would be hard indeed, if so remote a prince's notions of virtue and vice were to be offered as a standard for all mankind.

Something remote and ancient stirred in her, something that was not of herself To-day, something half primitive, half barbaric.

"It's dogged as does it," is not only the maxim of agricultural labourers in remote country districts.

Directors were to us junior clerks, remote personalities, mythical beings dwelling on Olympian heights.

Gas, it is clear, could not be carried into a hostile country or into remote and nearly inaccessible districts.





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