American English

Definition of far adverb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (farther, farthest or further, furthest)
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  1. 1a long distance away We didn't go far. Have you come far? It's not far to the beach. There's not far to go now. far (from, away, below, etc.) The restaurant is not far from here. countries as far apart as Japan and Brazil He looked down at the traffic far below. Far away in the distance, a train whistled. The farther north they went, the colder it became. a concert of music from near and far In positive sentences it is more usual to use a long way:We went a long way.We went far.The restaurant is a long way from here.
  2. 2used when you are asking or talking about the distance between two places, or the distance that has been traveled or is to be traveled How far is it to your house from here? How far is Boston from New York? How much farther is it? We'll go by train as far asBoston, and then take a bus. We didn't go as far as the others. I'm not sure I can walk so far.
  3. time
  4. 3a long time from the present; for a large part of a particular period of time far back The band made their first record as far back as 1990. To answer that question we need to go farther back in time. far ahead Let's try to plan farther ahead. far into something We worked far into the night.
  5. degree
  6. 4very much; to a great degree That's a far better idea. There are far more opportunities for young people than there used to be. It had been a success far beyond their expectations. He's fallen far behind in his work. She always gives us far too much homework.
  7. 5used when you are asking or talking about the degree to which something is true or possible How far can we trust him? His parents supported him as far as they could. Plan your route in advance, using main roads as far as possible.
  8. progress
  9. 6used to talk about how much progress has been made in doing or achieving something How far have you gotten with that report? Half an hour later David was no farther in his quest. I read as far as the third chapter. We've gotten as far as collecting our data but we haven't analyzed it yet. note at farther
  10. Idioms
    as far as the eye can/could see
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    to the horizon (= where the sky meets the land or ocean) The cornfields stretched on all sides as far as the eye could see.
    as/so far as I am/I'm concerned
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    used to give your personal opinion on something As far as I'm concerned, you can do whatever you want.
    as far as I know, as far as I can remember, see, tell, etc.
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     used to say that you think you know, remember, understand, etc. something but you cannot be completely sure, especially because you do not know all the facts As far as we knew, there was no cause for concern. As far as I can see, you haven't done anything wrong. She lived in Chicago, as far as I can remember.
    as/so far as somebody/something is concerned, as/so far as somebody/something goes
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     used to give facts or an opinion about a particular aspect of something She's doing fine as far as French is concerned, it's her German I'm worried about.
    as/so far as it goes
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    to a limited degree, usually less than is sufficient It's a good plan as far as it goes, but there are a lot of things they haven't thought of.
    (used with comparative or superlative adjectives or adverbs) by a great amount The last of these reasons is by far the most important. Amy is the smartest by far.
    carry/take something too far
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    to continue doing something beyond reasonable limits
    far/farther/further afield
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    far away from home; to or in places that are not near You can rent a car if you want to explore further afield. Journalists came from as far afield asChina.
    far and away
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    (followed by comparative or superlative adjectives) by a very great amount She's far and away the best player.
    far and wide
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    over a large area They searched far and wide for the missing child.
    far be it from me to do something (but…) (informal)
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    used when you are just about to disagree with someone or to criticize them and you would like them to think that you do not really want to do this Far be it from me to interfere in your plans, but I would like to give you just one piece of advice.
    far from something/from doing something
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    almost the opposite of something or of what is expected It is far from clear (= it is not clear) what he intends to do. Computers, far from destroying jobs, can create employment.
    far from it (informal)
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    used to say that the opposite of what someone says is true “You're not angry, then?” “Far from it. I've never laughed so much in my life.”
    few and far between
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    not frequent; not happening often
    (of people) to be very successful in the future She is very talented and should go far.
    go far enough
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    (used in questions and negative sentences) to achieve all that is wanted The new legislation is welcome but does not go far enough. Do these measures go far enough? (disapproving) Stop it now. The joke has gone far enough (= it has continued too long).
    go so/as far as to…
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    to be willing to go to extreme or surprising limits in dealing with something I wouldn't go as far as to say that he's a liar (= but I think he may be slightly dishonest). In June, he went so far as to offer his resignation.
    go too far, go this/that far
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     to behave in an extreme way that is not acceptable He's always been kind of crude, but this time he's gone too far. I never thought she'd go this far.
    in so/as far as
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    to the degree that That's the truth, in so far as I know it.
    not far off/wrong (informal)
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    almost correct Your guess wasn't far off at all.
    1. 1(of money) to not be enough to buy a lot of things Twenty dollars doesn't go very far these days.
    2. 2(of a supply of something) to not be enough for what is needed Four bottles of wine won't go far among twenty people.
    so far, thus far
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    until now; up to this point What do you think of the book so far? Detectives are so far at a loss to explain the reason for his death.
    so far (informal)
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    only to a limited degree I trust him only so far.
    so far, so good (saying)
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    used to say that things have been successful until now and you hope they will continue to do so, but you know the task, etc. is not finished yet
    so near and yet so far
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    used to comment on something that was almost successful, but in fact failed
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: far