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far

[fɑ͟ː(r)]

(Far has two comparatives, farther and further, and two superlatives, farthest and furthest. Farther and farthest are used mainly in sense 1, and are dealt with here. Further and furthest are dealt with in separate entries.)

  1. ADV-GRADED: ADV after v, v-link ADV, usu ADV prep/adv If one place, thing, or person is far away from another, there is a great distance between them.

  2. ADV-GRADED: how ADV, as/so ADV as, ADV-compar than If you ask how far a place is, you are asking what distance it is from you or from another place. If you ask how far someone went, you are asking what distance they travelled, or what place they reached.

  3. ADJ: ADJ n When there are two things of the same kind in a place, the far one is the one that is a greater distance from you.

  4. ADJ: ADJ n You can use far to refer to the part of an area or object that is the greatest distance from the centre in a particular direction. For example, the far north of a country is the part of it that is the greatest distance to the north.

  5. ADV-GRADED: ADV after v, v-link ADV, usu ADV adv/prep A time or event that is far away in the future or the past is a long time from the present or from a particular point in time.

  6. ADV-GRADED: ADV with v, usu how ADV You can use far to talk about the extent or degree to which something happens or is true.

  7. ADV-GRADED: ADV with v, oft how ADV You can talk about how far someone or something gets to describe the progress that they make.

  8. ADV-GRADED: ADV with v You can talk about how far a person or action goes to describe the degree to which someone's behaviour or actions are extreme.

  9. ADV-GRADED: ADV after v You can use far in expressions like `I wouldn't go that far' and `I would go so far' to indicate to what extent you agree with something.

  10. ADV: usu ADV compar, ADV too adj/adv, also ADV adv/prep (emphasis) You can use far to mean `very much' when you are comparing two things and emphasizing the difference between them. For example, you can say that something is far better or far worse than something else to indicate that it is very much better or worse. You can also say that something is, for example, far too big to indicate that it is very much too big.

  11. ADJ: ADJ n You can describe people with extreme left-wing or right-wing political views as the far left or the far right.

  12. ADV-GRADED: as/so ADV as (vagueness) You can use far in expressions like `as far as I know' and `so far as I remember' to indicate that you are not absolutely sure of the statement you are about to make or have just made, and you may be wrong.

  13. PHRASE: PHR the adj-superl (emphasis) You use the expression far and away when you are comparing something or someone with others of the same kind, in order to emphasize how great the difference is between them. For example, you can say that something is far and away the best to indicate that it is definitely the best.

  14. PHRASE: PHR with compar/superl (emphasis) You use the expression by far when you are comparing something or someone with others of the same kind, in order to emphasize how great the difference is between them. For example, you can say that something is by far the best or the best by far to indicate that it is definitely the best.

  15. PHRASE: PHR n/-ing/adj, oft v-link PHR (emphasis) If you say that something is far from a particular thing or far from being the case, you are emphasizing that it is not that particular thing or not at all the case, especially when people expect or assume that it is.

  16. PHRASE (emphasis) You can use the expression `far from it' to emphasize a negative statement that you have just made.

  17. PHRASE: PHR to-inf You say far be it from me to disagree, or far be it from me to criticize, when you are disagreeing or criticizing and you want to appear less hostile.

  18. PHRASE: PHR with cl If you say that something is good as far as it goes or true so far as it goes, you mean that it is good or true only to a limited extent.

  19. PHRASE If you say that someone will go far, you mean that they will be very successful in their career.

  20. PHRASE: v-link PHR Someone or something that is far gone is in such a bad state or condition that not much can be done to help or improve them.

  21. PHRASE: v-link PHR, oft PHR in n Someone or something that is not far wrong, not far out, or not far off is almost correct or almost accurate.

  22. PHRASE: PHR with cl You can use the expression `as far as I can see' when you are about to state your opinion of a situation, or have just stated it, to indicate that it is your personal opinion.

  23. PHRASE: PHR after v If you say that something only goes so far or can only go so far, you mean that its extent, effect, or influence is limited.

  24. PHRASE: PHR with cl If you tell or ask someone what has happened so far, you are telling or asking them what has happened up until the present point in a situation or story, and often implying that something different might happen later.

  25. PHRASE (feelings) You can say so far so good to express satisfaction with the way that a situation or activity is progressing, developing, or happening.

  26. PHRASE: PHR with cl Thus far means up until the present point in a situation or story. [FORMAL]

  27. PHRASE: from PHR, PHR after v If people come from far and wide, they come from a large number of places, some of them far away. If things spread far and wide, they spread over a very large area or distance. [WRITTEN]

  28. PHRASE If you say that someone won't go far wrong or can't go far wrong with a particular thing or course of action, you mean that it is likely to be successful or satisfactory.

  29. as far as I am concerned see concern

    a far cry from see cry

    in so far as see insofar as

    near and far see near

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fɑ͟ː(r)Far has two comparatives, farther and further, and two superlatives, farthest and furthest. Farther and farthest are used mainly in sense 1, and are dealt with here. Further and furthest are dealt with in separate entries.

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far

adverb
Positive degreefar
Comparative degreefarther, further
Superlative degreefarthest, furthest

far

adjective
Positive degreefar
Comparative degreefarther, further
Superlative degreefarthest, furthest