Definition of remote adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//rɪˈməʊt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈmoʊt//
    (remoter, remotest)
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  1. 1  far away from places where other people live synonym isolated a remote beach one of the remotest areas of the world remote from something The farmhouse is remote from any other buildings.
  2. time
  3. 2  [only before noun] far away in time synonym distant in the remote past/future a remote ancestor (= who lived a long time ago)
  4. relatives
  5. 3[only before noun] (of people) not closely related synonym distant a remote cousin
  6. computer/system
  7. 4that you can connect to from far away, using an electronic link a remote terminal/database
  8. different
  9. 5remote (from something) very different from something His theories are somewhat remote from reality. A novel should not be too remote from the experiences of its readers.
  10. not friendly
  11. 6(of people or their behaviour) not very friendly or interested in other people synonym aloof, distant
  12. very small
  13. 7  not very great synonym slight There is still a remote chance that they will find her alive. I don't have the remotest idea what you're talking about.
  14. Word Originlate Middle English (in the sense ‘far apart’): from Latin remotus ‘removed’, past participle of removere, from re- ‘back’ + movere ‘to move’.Extra examples Jane felt remote from what was going on around her. a fairly remote possibility geographically remote areas rural areas that are relatively remote At that time, a new school building was just a remote dream. He somehow remains a remote figure. There are many facts about the remote past and the remote future that we cannot know. When he spoke, his voice was cold and remote. a remote ancestor
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: remote