Definition of far adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//fɑː(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//fɑːr//
    (farther, farthest or further, furthest)
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  1. 1  a 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. 2  used when you are asking or talking about the distance between two places or the distance that has been travelled or is to be travelled How far is it to your house from here? How far is Boston from New York? How much further is it? We'll go by train as far as London, 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. 3  a 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 further back in time. far ahead Let's try to plan further ahead. far into something We worked far into the night.
  5. degree
  6. 4  very 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. 5  used 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. 6  used to talk about how much progress has been made in doing or achieving something How far have you got with that report? Half an hour later Duncan was no farther in his quest. I read as far as the third chapter. We’ve got as far as collecting our data but we haven’t analysed it yet.
  10. Word OriginOld English feorr, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch ver, from an Indo-European root shared by Sanskrit para and Greek pera ‘further’. Which Word?farther / further / farthest / furthest These are the comparative and superlative forms of far. To talk about distance, use either farther, farthest or further, furthest. In British English, further, furthest are the most common forms and in North American English, farther and farthest:I have to travel further/​farther to work now. To talk about the degree or extent of something, further/​furthest are usually preferred:Let’s consider this point further. Further, but not farther, can also mean ‘more’ or ‘additional’:Are there any further questions? This sounds very formal in North American English.Idioms
    as far as the eye can/could see
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    to the horizon (= where the sky meets the land or sea) The bleak moorland stretched on all sides as far as the eye could see.
    as/so far as I am concerned
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     used to give your personal opinion on something As far as I am concerned, you can do what you like.
    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've done nothing 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.
    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 hire a car if you want to explore further afield. Journalists came from as far afield as China.
    (followed by comparative or superlative adjectives) by a very great amount She's far and away the best player. over a large area They searched far and wide for the missing child.
    far be it from me to do something (but…)
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    (informal) used when you are just about to disagree with somebody 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 affairs 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.
    (informal) used to say that the opposite of what somebody says is true ‘You're not angry then?’ ‘Far from it. I've never laughed so much in my life.’ not frequent; not happening often (of people) to be very successful in the future She is very talented and should go far. (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). 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 2009 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 quite crude, but this time he's gone too far. I never thought she'd go this far.
    to the degree that That's the truth, in so far as I know it. (informal) almost correct Your guess wasn't far out at all.
    1. 1(of money) to not be enough to buy a lot of things Five pounds 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.
     until now; up to this point What do you think of the show so far? Detectives are so far at a loss to explain the reason for his death.  (informal) only to a limited degree I trust him only so far. (saying) used to say that things have been successful until now and you hope that they will continue to be successful, but you know that the task, etc. is not finished yet used to comment on something that was almost successful but in fact failed
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: far