[ ri-moht ]
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adjective,re·mot·er, re·mot·est.
  1. far apart; far distant in space; situated at some distance away: the remote jungles of Brazil.

  2. out-of-the-way; secluded: a remote village;a remote mountaintop.

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

  2. not direct, primary, or proximate; not directly involved or influential: the remote causes of the war.

  3. 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.

  4. noting or relating to work, schooling, or other activities that take place away from their usual place, site, or building: 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.

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

  6. far off; abstracted; removed: principles remote from actions.

  7. distant in time: remote antiquity.

  8. distant in relationship or connection: a remote ancestor.

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

Origin of remote

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

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Opposites for remote

Other words from remote

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

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How to use remote in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for remote


/ (rɪˈməʊt) /

  1. located far away; distant

  2. far from any centre of population, society, or civilization; out-of-the-way

  1. distant in time

  2. distantly related or connected: a remote cousin

  3. removed, as from the source or point of action

  4. slight or faint (esp in the phrases not the remotest idea, a remote chance)

  5. (of a person's manner) aloof or abstracted

  6. operated from a distance; remote-controlled: a remote monitor

Origin of remote

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

Derived forms of remote

  • remotely, adverb
  • remoteness, noun

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